While much of everyday life was put on hold during the height of the COVID pandemic, it did not stop people from getting injured. When your injuries result from a person or business’ breach of their duty of care, you need the support from making a personal injury claim.
As many areas have different and changing restrictions, it is challenging to know what to expect. In some cases, there are alternatives (such as Zoom) to ensure you get your day in court. Still, there might be delays due to restrictions or insufficient staffing in other situations.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect in the Dallas area.
Different judge, different experience
Now that some areas are removing COVID restrictions, not every facility agrees on the proper protocol for the court system. Each court has specific rules and may also include stricter rules for judges who wish to exercise more caution in their courtroom.
Many courts are meeting in person; however, many are asking for electronic paperwork when it is possible to reduce the number of contact surfaces. Courtrooms may also have limited capacity.
Getting ready for court
Preparing to go to court can feel stressful, especially if it is your first time appearing before a judge. With the additional potential COVID restrictions, you should be ready for rules regarding:
- Face masks or other personal protective equipment
- Limitations on supporting guests
- Social distancing
- COVID screening (questions regarding symptoms or travel)
It is essential to look at what your court requires before you arrive. The Dallas Bar Association compiled a list of local courts and their individual rules regarding COVID precautions.