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A Texas Statute Could Help Prevent Backlog In State Courts

Amid the widespread health, social and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, lawyers and litigants face the prospect of delays in legal disputes that already may have been waiting years for resolution. Texas courts are meeting the challenge by enabling judges to conduct public proceedings by videoconference.

But the current inability of courthouses to function as usual, the emergence of urgent new controversies and reordering of case priorities, the inevitable knock-on effects for other cases, and an unusually high percentage of Texas judges who are new to their jobs all combine to force litigants to consider options other than waiting for their cases to be called to trial in turn.

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