The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a variety of changes to court procedures. For the majority of 2020 and beginning of 2021, much of the legal work was done via teleconference platforms like Zoom and Cisco. Court personnel, lawyers, and litigants had to adjust, even if these changes were only temporary.
With the vaccination rollout largely a success in California, some counties have begun in-person court proceedings. In Stanislaus County, California, Penney and Associates partner Kevin Elder recently tried a disputed liability personal injury case in person. This was one of the first in-person trials in Stanislaus County since the start of the pandemic. A number of precautions were taken, including required face coverings and social distancing of the jury.
Frederick Penney, founding partner of Penney and Associates, and Kevin Elder, partner of Penney and Associates, discuss how court procedures have changed in response to the pandemic and what it is like to take a personal injury case to trial with pandemic restriction still in place. Click here to read the rest of the article now.