Monte Frank and Steve Stafstrom Jr. Quoted in the Hartford Courant on CT's Court System Recovering from the Pandemic
Pullman & Comley attorneys Monte E. Frank and Steven J. Stafstrom Jr. were quoted in a recent Hartford Courant article on how Connecticut's court system is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. From antiquated technology, to the shut down of thousands of cases and reductions in legal aid, there have been numerous challenges as the courts recover from the shutdown.
Monte, co-chair of the firm's Litigation practice, noted that "when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the judicial branch was woefully unprepared from a technology standpoint. In about ten weeks the branch has accomplished virtually ten years’ worth of technology improvements.”
Steve, a Litigation attorney who also serves as a state representative and co-chair of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, says it will take more time before the branch is ready. “I think it will be several weeks or months until we sort through this and figure out what the new normal is going to be. Don’t forget you are really just starting to see court houses starting to open and civil judges starting to rule on certain motions. There is still a wide swath of judicial operations that are effectively stalled.”
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