Well, that was quick. A two day civil trial before Judge Ungaro. I didn't hear of any issues... thank goodness.
The only item that I did hear about was that lawyers were required to wear masks when speaking in court -- even when examining witnesses and doing openings/closings. I think that certainly takes away from the ability to effectively examine a witness and from giving a moving opening/closing.
Maybe it doesn't matter all that much in a short civil trial, but I don't see many criminal defense lawyers agreeing to trying a case with a mask on.
Some folks in state court who have tried cases with masks on have said that everyone forgets about it pretty quickly, but I have my doubts... I suspect we will see criminal trials opened back up in the Fall. My only request to judges is to be understanding with lawyers' schedules, which are going to be insane.
UPDATE— jury verdict before 5pm for Plaintiff for full amount of claim. Plaintiff was represented by Katie S. Phang and Jonathan S. Feldman, a husband and wife team trying their first case together. It also happened to be their anniversary today. What a nice anniversary gift!!