Trial lawyers and judges across the country agree on one thing right now: There is a dire need to keep moving forward, to proceed with hearings and depositions by virtual and remote means. This is not the time for delay tactics or gamesmanship, as it is predicted that dockets will be packed and backlogged for months whenever things resume. Courts are already becoming overwhelmed with pending cases, rescheduled court dates and other deadlines.
The Covid-19 shutdown will undoubtedly end up delaying cases even further than most could have ever anticipated when they first chose to be idle. At this point one must consider that each delayed date exponentially impacts the others in a case in a domino effect, with each delay critically impacting your client’s case.
Will your client wait? Will your practice?
Our current reality of social distancing calls for physical distancing, not for locking up all progress and productivity. We must be committed to keep any momentum going, no matter how small or incremental. Keep moving forward, today, and the next and the next.
Procrastinating (or accepting your opponent’s desire to do so) won’t help you win your case. Don’t let your circumstances define your progress. This doesn’t mean that you ignore the reality of our current situation. It means that you proactively find a solution to promptly overcome the challenges that you’re up against, just like you have your entire career. Assess, Adapt and Overcome.
Even the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would hear arguments by telephone over six days in May.
You’ve spent countless hours, years, building solid momentum in your career and in your practice. Why let it come to a screeching halt, or unnecessarily concede to slog through decreased productivity and lost momentum?
“We’re going to have to completely rethink how much has to be done in person, how much can be done using technology” Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht recently shared with ABC News.
Many of your clients may be suffering massive losses right now, but that does not change the fact that they fully expect you to quickly figure out how to keep the momentum of their case moving forward, no matter what.
T.Harv Eker said, “The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading.”
Pro Tip: First, identify a handful of key people who have a proven track record, a superior work ethic and reputation, and the desire to help you move forward. Herder & Associates Court Reporters is your experienced resource to help you navigate your transition to encrypted, password-protected remote video proceedings. It is time to move past any hesitation or roadblocks you have and keep the momentum going.
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Be well and stay healthy.
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