People sometimes ask how work as an expert witness (mostly in software patent cases, but also in some aviation matters) is going during the coronashutdown. I tell them that things are slow and deadlines are typically pushed back by six months because most courts have shut down except for emergencies, though sometimes hearings will be held via Zoom. “The Chinese must be laughing their asses off when they see how Americans spend their time,” was one response to this news.
- court-by-court summary from Paul Hastings
- “Many Asylum Seekers in Mexico Can’t Get U.S. Court Hearings Until 2021” (TIME): “Due to COVID-19, MPP hearings have been suspended until at least June 8, which has caused a further backlog in court proceedings.”