How COVID is Affecting the Philadelphia Court System
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, it’s hard to imagine life will ever return to normal – and frustrations can be compounded if you’re involved in a court case during this time. For federal, state, and local governments, stopping the spread of COVID-19 remains a significant concern, which has led to many drastic decisions that have impacted the justice system.
In general, courts at the state level have taken certain actions in response to the COVID pandemic that have had a significant impact on whether cases will be heard in a timely manner. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, some of the most common responses in court systems include:
· Restricting or canceling jury trials
· Limiting courthouse entry
· Encouraging virtual hearings when possible
· Suspending in-person proceedings
· Granting extensions for certain deadlines, including those to pay fines or fees
In Philadelphia, the coronavirus response has had a tremendous impact on every aspect of legal practice. Early in the pandemic, courts were forced to cancel or postpone proceedings, as well as cancel or postpone all jury trials. While in-person hearings have resumed, the court can’t handle its previous number of cases due to social distancing guidelines and other concerns, creating a tremendous backlog of cases. Jury trials could possibly resume early this year, though the date has already been pushed back several times.
What Does The Pandemic Mean For Your Injury Case?
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of others and you are awaiting justice or compensation, it is painstaking to delay your day in
court – but it is important to remember that COVID guidelines and restrictions exist to prevent someone else from suffering in the same way you and your family have. Still, in addition to delaying your hearing, the coronavirus could affect your case by heightening pressure to settle before you’re ready or leaving you without medical treatment you may need as a result of your injuries.
Here at Lowenthal & Abrams, we have your best interests at heart, and we will ensure you not only get your day in court but also that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured, you need an experienced attorney on your side – especially during these trying times. Contact Lowenthal & Abrams today for a free consultation.