Two years of a pandemic has led to some backlogs in society, including courtroom business. That’s true in La Crosse County, where some major cases from two or three years ago still have not gone to trial yet.
Deputy district attorney Jessica Skemp told the county judiciary committee this week that because trials were on hold for many months, judges and lawyers are now playing catch-up.
“Sometimes, there’s as many as three courts trying cases at once,” Skemp said, noting that there were two trials at the same time on Wednesday, both normally handled by the same prosecutor.
COVID-19 kept courtrooms empty for many months, with hearings only conducted on-line.
“We went almost two years with hardly any trials, I think maybe we had one or two trials,” Skemp says, but “crime did not stop.”
Four circuit judges are hearing cases in La Crosse County. The clerk of court’s office says Judge Ramona Gonzalez has finished hearing cases, as she prepares to retire in July.