Judges Are Trying to Squeeze in More Trial Dates to Clear Court Backlogs
Farella partner and trial lawyer Karen Kimmey spoke to The Recorder for the article, "Judges Are Trying to Squeeze in More Trial Dates to Clear Court Backlogs," discussing how lawyers are changing how they prepare for trial, turning to technology and communicating more with judges to adapt to an increasingly packed schedule.
In the article, Karen said she has seen courts making more of an effort to "squeeze trials in and not let a court day go wasted."
"Judges are trying to fit you in where and when they can, which sometimes can mean you’re going sooner than you thought you would have,” Karen said. “They’re less amenable to stipulations to continue with or to set a firm date and want to take advantage of days.”
To prepare, Karen said attorneys have to assume they’re going to go to trial on the first day they possibly can go. In addition to discussing trial date expectations with judges, she recommends remaining in frequent contact with clients and witnesses to keep them up to date on the possibilities.
“Have a backup plan for your jury consultants and your trial graphics people because they’re also juggling crazy schedules these days,” she said.
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