Some states halt jury trials again, leaving staggering backlogs and ‘a lot of people sitting in jail’
Court administrators expect an enormous backlog of cases in 2021 and perhaps beyond. Defendants are left locked up for longer periods in jail, waiting for their cases to be heard. And plaintiffs who have filed civil lawsuits claiming they’ve been harmed by a person or company can’t get them resolved any time soon. Nearly every state suspended in-person jury trials in the early months of the pandemic, starting in March.