Cal. Litig. 2021, Volume 34, Number 2

Remedies for the Courthouse Flu: How to Get Your Civil Case Tried During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Honorable Allan Goodman (Ret.)

Hon. Allan Goodman (Ret.), now an arbitrator, mediator, and discovery referee with ADR Services, Inc., was a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and periodically an Associate Justice Pro Tem on the Second District Court of Appeal from 1995 through 2019. JudgeGoodman@

Civil litigators are seeking ways to expeditiously resolve their clients’ pending lawsuits while judges throughout California redouble their efforts to provide safe spaces in which those cases can be tried.

Even as trials resume in court facilities, the COVID-19 induced backlog of criminal cases, Code of Civil Procedure section 36 preference cases, and unlawful detainer cases, among others, are likely to substantially delay civil trial starting dates in most civil cases well into late 2021 and 2022.

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