While we are all familiar with the way in which lawsuits are typically resolved, there is one method that is often underutilized: the use of a private, retired judge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most civil trials have been put on hold until the courts can safely open to the public. Once they are, the courts’ dockets likely will be backlogged with criminal cases and with civil cases that were scheduled for trial during the stay at home order. It could be months before a litigant’s civil case can be heard by a judge. MORE.