When the pandemic forced courts to close in March 2020, it was apparent that the closures were going have an impact on how many cases were heard. What was not as readily clear was how significant the impact would be and how large the case backlog would become.
Now, 10 months into the pandemic, data is emerging, and a clearer picture of court backlog is taking shape—although a full picture remains elusive. As the situation continues to develop, we’re going to be sharing court backlog numbers from around the US, interviews with court administrators, and industry resources to help courts navigate this difficult time.
Let’s start with Philadelphia.