Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

From the Desk of the Presiding Judge: Making Sense – If Any – of the Year That Was

November 2020 Bar Bulletin 

By Judge James Rogers

During the beginning of the pandemic, our Supreme Court limited our court functions to emergency matters, and for the first time in a century, since October 1918, we suspended jury trials. We held no trials from March to May. Our court began to consider what hearings and trials we could safely hold, and what was absolutely necessary for our system of justice. Faced with a public health emergency, could we function without jury trials? Should we? 

2020 is such a bad year that the current pandemic...

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