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Florida Faces ‘Daunting’ Backlog of Pending Cases Due to Virus

Jan. 26, 2021, 11:13 PM

Florida’s trial courts face a backlog of over 1 million pending cases delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the chief justice of the state supreme court told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, innovations such as holding hearings via video conferencing initiated because of courthouse closures have proven popular among attorneys and litigants.

“Remote proceedings are here to stay,” Chief Justice Charles Canady said in a presentation to the Florida House Judiciary Committee.

Since courts scrambled to install video conferencing software in mid-March, over 400,000 hearings and other events involving 2.6 million participants have been hosted remotely by Florida judges and court personnel, ...

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