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Supreme Court shows interest in addressing propriety of pandemic-related trial delays for preference litigants

In a rare ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday denied a petition for review, but said it was leaving the door open to future appellate review of whether litigants with trial preferences under Code of Civil Procedure section 36 are being denied their rights by trial delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ruling is rare because it was made on a non-conference day and also because orders denying review usually don’t include commentary.
Oct 31, 2020

In a rare ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday denied a petition for review, but said it was leaving the door open to future appellate review of whether litigants with trial preferences under Code of Civil Procedure section 36 are being denied their rights by trial delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ruling is rare because it was made on a non-conference day and also because orders denying review usually don’t include commentary.