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Federal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Practices, Opportunities for Innovation, and Lessons for the Future, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 25, 2020   [open pdf - 12MB]

This is the June 25, 2020 hearing on "Federal Courts During COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Pandemic: Best Practices, Opportunities for Innovation, and Lessons for the Future," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Henry C. 'Hank' Johnson: "For more than 70 years, Congress has provided that, quote, 'All courts of the United States shall be deemed to be always open,' end quote. That congressional mandate and the deeper principles it embodies has been sorely tested by the pandemic sweeping across the country. [...] With four months of experience behind us and the reality that we are still in only the first wave of the virus, it has become clear that the courts and Congress need to do much more if we want the courts to be truly open during this pandemic and after. It is also clear that we can do more to insulate the judiciary against future emergencies, whether that is a second or third wave, or a future pandemic. There is an alarming backlog of motions and trials that, if not addressed, could effectively decide cases against parties who cannot afford to wait for a judgment. [...] There is a powerful desire to get back to normal, but the courts will put people at risk if they simply try to revert to how they operated before the pandemic." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David G. Campbell, Bridget M. McCormack, Jeremy Fogel, and Melissa Wasser.

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Serial No. 116-82
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2022
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