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Outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building on April 13, 2020, under the statewide shelter-in-place order. Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically disrupted our courts. Courthouses have been closed; hearings have been conducted with minimal staffing, held remotely or postponed; and court personnel have scrambled to work from home. Federal courts, which long have resisted electronic access and virtual proceedings, suddenly have had to implement emergency measures to facilitate them.

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