July 28, 2021

Technology, some new procedures helping reduce backlog | Local News

SALEM — Even as the state’s Trial Court begins easing restrictions on the number of people who can be present in a courthouse later this month, some of the changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic will stay in place — changes that some officials believe make the courts run more efficiently and provide greater access. 

“It gives you a lot of options,” said Judge Robert Brennan, who is the presiding justice at Salem District Court and oversees the region’s courthouses. 

In the early days of the pandemic, judges like Brennan scrambled to reschedule the dozens — and in a few courthouses, hundreds — of cases that typically are heard each day, ranging from traffic ticket appeals and small claims to robberies and…

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