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Much like the limited access to so many rooms outside of their own homes, attorneys’ access to California state courtrooms for civil jury trials has likewise been temporarily suspended because of the social distancing necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we shelter-in-place, our civil trial courtrooms sit like time capsules of everything that happened before March 15: proceedings stayed, juries on hold or dismissed, and trials either adjourned via mistrial or in suspended animation as litigants still wait to have their day in court.

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