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The fluidity of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the legal profession increases the need for those involved in or anticipating litigation to stay informed about how courts are addressing the need for “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination” of disputes. Certainly, today’s challenging circumstances force all who are involved in litigation to effectively balance that need while also adhering to crucial health and safety measures. The necessity of striking the correct balance presents a unique opportunity to innovate and reassess the rules, practices, strategies, communications, and technologies. To do so, understanding the crisis’s impact on litigation and how courts are addressing legal matters during the first several weeks of this crisis—which current trends suggest will last many more—is critical to assisting clients in navigating these new and difficult waters.
We surveyed the litigation landscape nationally to provide information to help understand the impact and navigate this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Because the situation is changing daily and there is no bright-line answer for all situations, it is critically important to stay abreast of developments, including by conferring regularly with experienced, informed litigators.
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