As we all know, courts throughout Florida have halted in-person jury trials for almost all of 2020 due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, despite the prospect of a vaccine being widely distributed and available in the coming months, it remains unlikely that there will be in-person civil jury trials in 2021 and maybe through 2022. Even civil jury trials through Zoom may not occur for a very long time. Once the courthouses do reopen, the backlog of criminal trials will necessarily require many civil judges to preside over these criminals trials, leaving a huge number of civil cases awaiting jury trials.

What are trial lawyers and their clients supposed to do to get their cases adjudicated in a timely manner?