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Lawyers and their clients worldwide are responding to the coronavirus outbreak that, since December, has killed more than 67,760 people and infected more than 1.21 million. Law.com’s reporters around the world are covering the virus’ impact on law firm operations, client business, law schools, and lawyer and staffer safety. Here’s a collection of our coverage, which we’re continuously updating.

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Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

Under pressure from anxious lawyers, court workers and judges around the state, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye late Monday suspended all jury trials across the state for 60 days.

In an order citing constitutional and statutory authority, the chief justice also empowered trial courts to adopt “any proposed rules or rule amendment” intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The courts’ rule changes will not have to circulate for the typical 45 days of public comment.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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