San Diego Attorneys Form Resolve Law San Diego, To Help Civil Litigants In Face Of Covid-19 Crisis
Designed to streamline the law and motion and mediation processes, the program – created by San Diego County Bar members and supported by virtually every bar association in the county – will help move civil cases forward by providing local attorneys a free venue for dispute resolution outside of the constrained court system.
According to RESOLVE Law San Diego chair Amy R. Martel, a partner with Chihak & Martel, the new program will offer litigants the opportunity to connect with a retired judge or a qualified local attorney to hear matters free of charge. Hearings are conducted by telephone or video conferencing and briefing is limited. The program is scheduled to last for 120 days while the San Diego Superior Court grapples with the backlog of cases after a two-month closure. Parties can agree to use RESOLVE Law for mediation, discovery disputes or law and motion and have their matter resolved within weeks," Martel said. "We created this program to make it as easy as possible to help our colleagues who need cases acted upon expeditiously."
Formed by lawyers who both prosecute and defend civil claims, RLSD is not a court sponsored program.
CaseyGerry partner David S. Casey, Jr., who also serves on the committee, noted public and civil litigants are now faced with a historical challenge in dealing with civil matters, impacting everyday citizens. "The San Diego legal community is collaborating to offer an innovative and forward-thinking approach to litigation during this pandemic," he said. "RESOLVE Law San Diego offers an unprecedented example of San Diego lawyers moving forward in a positive way to mitigate legal challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis."
The over 220 lawyers and retired judges who have volunteered to participate in the program can be accessed at www.resolvelawsandiego.com. For more information, contact RESOLVE Law San Diego at sdcbf.org or contact Amy Martel at (858) 481-7252.