A View From the Bench: Judicial Insights on How this Year’s Events Have Impacted Dockets, Court Functions, Judicial Proceedings and the JPML in General

December 9, 2020 11:15am

Honorable Karen K. Caldwell
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court, E.D. of Kentucky
Panel Judge
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML)

Honorable F. Dennis Saylor, IV
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court, D. Massachusetts

Honorable John R. Tunheim
Chief Judge
U.S. District Court, D. Minnesota

Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno
Senior Judge
U.S. District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania

Honorable William F. Highberger
Superior Court Judge
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Honorable Rex Burlison
Circuit Judge
22nd Judicial Circuit of MO


Andrew (Andy) Bayman
King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta, GA)

In light of this year’s crisis, we have seen courts take measures such as temporarily suspending oral arguments, ramping up the use of virtual tools to conduct hearings, and even holding socially distanced jury trials. Hear from this panel of esteemed judges on how this year’s events have impacted their current dockets, court functions and the JPML as a whole, as well as what to expect in their courtrooms going forward. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How are the judges adjusting to the continued effects of this year’s pandemic on their dockets?
  • Following the suspension of speedy trial demands and cases being pushed, how are they reorganizing and reprioritizing the order of trial dates?
  • What implications are being seen from courts temporarily suspending oral arguments?
  • How can attorneys help judges who are experiencing an increased backlog of cases?
  • Will this lead to more courts requiring mediation or early dispute resolution?
  • Will we see more courts demanding other mechanisms to lighten the load of cases?
  • How are the courts handling virtual hearings, trial practice and the like?