The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on judges who are experiencing anxiety and coping with the loss of colleagues who died from Covid-19.
Virtual proceedings and socially-distancing have isolated judges who already work an often solitary job.
“People feel very vulnerable, and it’s been exhausting,” said Mary Greenwood, the administrative presiding justice of the California Court of Appeals’ sixth appellate district. Judges are like everyone else, she said: “We can get depressed.”
Judges who used to be able to talk to colleagues about the normal stresses of their job, like a difficult case or decision, are now at home, ...