The New Normal Arrives Permanently in Minnesota

Minnesota’s judicial system is not going back to the way cases were decided prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting June 6, litigators in Minnesota’s courts will have the certainty of knowing in advance which case matters will be held remotely and which will be held in person. In the vast majority of cases, the format…

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Courts Encouraged to Standardize Remote Hearing Procedures

Although remote court hearings continue to be afflicted by technical glitches and stressed-out judges tethered to their computers for hours on end, the benefits of remote hearings are worth investing the time and resources necessary to make them a permanent, reliable part of the administration of justice in this country. Everyone, it seems, benefits from…

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North Carolina Appellate Court Says Civil Litigants Have Constitutional Right to the Physical Presence of Counsel During Depositions

A North Carolina hospital defending a medical malpractice action was denied constitutional due process when the trial court, citing pandemic-related health concerns, forbade its attorneys from being physically present with the hospital’s witnesses during remote depositions, according to an April 5 ruling from the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The court’s ruling in Hall v.…

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