As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers into a fifth month, members of the Criminal Law Section are expressing concern about the lack of jury trials — and its impact on everything from the rights of the accused to training the next generation of lawyers.

At an August 14 Zoom edition of the “Connect: A Criminal Law Conversation Series,” section members heard Chief Justice Charles Canady’s frank assessment that while the surge in COVID-19 cases appears to be slowing, it’s too soon to predict when the suspension will be lifted.

“I wish I could tell you that this is going to be over by the end of the year, but we don’t know, and anybody that tells you they know is kidding about that,” he said.