Real Property Law
Cal. Real. Prop. Journal 2021, VOL. 39, NO. 3
- 2020-2021 Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section
- 2021 California Real Property Journal
- Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: Regaining Possession of Commercial Real Property in a Court System Impacted by the Great Recession and the COVID-19 Epidemic
- MCLE Self-Study Article: It's Not Easy Being Green: California's Journey Towards a More Sustainably-Built Environment
- Message from the Chair
- Table of Contents
- Ten Tips for Upgrading the AIR Commercial Real Estate Lease Form
- When the Courthouse Doors Are Closed: Trials in a State of Emergency
When the Courthouse Doors Are Closed: Trials in a State of Emergency
Hon. Craig G. Riemer
Craig G. Riemer is a Judge of the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside. He is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside (B.A. 1977) and the University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1980). After practicing business and real property litigation for ten years, he joined the staff of the Court of Appeal (4th District, Division 2) as a research attorney. In 2003, he was appointed to the trial court bench. He has presided over vertical civil trial departments for most of his 18 years on the bench, including over four years in a complex civil department.
Since March of 2020, the doors into many of the nation’s courthouses have been closed in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. But except for the first few months, the civil justice system has continued to operate behind those closed doors. Case management proceedings, hearings on motions, and trials have continued to take place. Although counsel, litigants, witnesses, and jurors could not come into the courtroom in person, they could appear remotely, through videoconferencing software such as Zoom, Webex, and Bluejeans.