Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 12:05 PM to 1:05 PM MST
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Bo Donegan 
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association 

Trials and Docket Management Since COVID-19
January 25, 2022 12:05 – 1:00 pm


Presented by:

Judge Timothy Schutz, 7th Judicial District

Judge Thomas Kane, 4th Judicial District

Judge Laura Findorff,  4th Judicial District

and Michael Watts, Retherford, Mullen & Moore

The judges will discuss trial and docket management/difficulties that began in March 2020 and persist in some fashion today. This will be a panel discussion, and the judges will touch on the following topics:

  • Conducting trials with COVID protocols from the practitioner’s standpoint;
  • Problems with delays in preparing cases for trial, including delays in reaching stipulations, agreements regarding the use of Webex, and jury instructions;
  • Cost/benefit analysis regarding remote attendance by parties, witnesses, and counsel;
  • An increase occurrence of incomplete or incomprehensible records due to sound quality, picture quality and background distractions;
  • Percentage of civil cases compared to criminal cases going to trial;
  • Counsel and litigant perception of the justice system following protracted shutdowns;
  • Issues with physical layout of the courtroom, the jury, counsel and parties;
  • Decrease in “second chair” attorneys since trials have resumed with COVID protocols in place;