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COURTS’ COVID YEAR - While an end to the global pandemic continued to be pushed further beyond the horizon this year, courts struggled to keep dockets moving as in-person proceedings proved to be a logistical nightmare and virtual alternatives met with pushback from litigators (see today’s “What You Said” section for an example). Meanwhile, case backlogs grew in a number of jurisdictions even as judiciary budgets were slashed. And many courts’ hopes for a successful restart of in-person proceedings this fall were dashed when a new wave of coronavirus infections spread across the U.S. In a special “good riddance to 2020″ slideshow edition of our Law.com Litigation Trendspotter column, we look back at a year that has—to put it in legal terms—totally sucked for court administrators and judges.

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