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Weekly Recap of COVID-19 News for Legal: May 4, 2020

This week’s round-up of COVID-related news for the legal industry includes proposed methods for how to innovate during restrictions as well as an enlightening conversation from Professor Richard Susskind on how online courts will influence the future of justice. This week’s issue wraps our weekly COVID-19 related updates. In the future, we’ll offer up interesting news and articles as we see them.

The UK-based Civil Justice Council (CJC) has commissioned an independent review to gather feedback on the impacts of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system. The CJC is interested in understanding a variety of issues, including the impact that remote hearings have on the ability of representatives to communicate with their clients and determining which technologies are needed to make remote hearings successful. To learn more about the review or to participate, read: Rapid consultation: The impact of OVID-19 measures on the civil justice system from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

After the initial rush to go remote and adapt business models, recent pandemic related requirements can provide new opportunities for businesses to revisit strategies, ramp up strategy plans, and be ready to accelerate their business when restrictions begin to lift. While this article highlights areas of legal practice in the UK, the recommendations are insightful no matter where a practice is located: COVID-19 UK Lockdown – A time to consolidate, update, and innovate from McDermott Will & Emery

If you need a break from the news, Harvard Law School hosted a virtual book talk for Professor Richard Susskind on his latest work, “Online Courts and the Future of Justice”. Chief Justice Ralph D. Grants of the Judicial Courts of Massachusetts, as well as other top legal thinkers, offer comments and questions in this insightful chat.

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