Remote litigation is here to stay

Remote litigation is here to stay
Well over a year into the pandemic, it appears that remote hearings have become a norm, as judges and lawyers say that they’ve made depositions, oral arguments, and jury selection much more efficient. Courts forced to accelerate years of innovation into weeks early in the pandemic, may never go back to how they did business before the pandemic, according to interviews with more than 30 state and federal judges, lawyers, and court staff in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

For legal industry professionals – attorneys, court reporters, and judges – there have been many lessons learned from the pandemic, namely, how to successfully adopt modern digitalized technology to keep the wheels of justice turning. Instead of heading into the courtroom or office that has been set up and wired for capturing testimony, many are now using portable solutions or web-based teleconferencing applications such as Zoom or GoToMeeting to record these important interactions.

The way legal professionals manage internal meetings, third-party hearings, trials, and depositions has seen a facelift, one that largely relies on and involves utilizing modern technology that has been built to support the remote-driven world.

Long term benefits of remote litigations

  • Convenience. Litigants do not need to contend with the travel to court, parking or security lines, as they can attend the hearings from the comfort of their homes, offices or cars. Litigants also avoid paying fees for their lawyers to attend hearings in person including travel time.
  • Witness Credibility. Some judges feel that Zoom or remote hearings allow them to truly assess witness credibility since they are making prolonged eye-to-eye contact, often on a large screen in their courtrooms. Such a format allows for fewer distractions and more focus on the witness than in a traditional courtroom.
  • First-hand Home Assessment. Judges can immediately resolve a parent’s concerns about the other parent’s home being deficient for parenting time by seeing the home and the child’s room first-hand.
  • Exhibits. Teleconferencing will force attorneys to be better prepared and reach agreements with opposing counsel as to exhibits.

With the right technology remote litigation is the new norm.

With the judicial system moving away from the traditional courtroom, guidance must be provided to all participants on the right technology.

With VIQ Solutions CapturePro™ Conference, a judge, court reporter, interviewer or other authorized person can capture audio evidence from a live web-based conference application. This continuous recording is securely captured, managed, and stored in the same manner as evidence obtained in a fixed room.

The captured evidence can then be synchronized with other case data that is maintained in the CapturePro central content management systems. The real-time recording allows for live annotations and system monitoring to ensure an accurate record is captured. An automatic FirstDraft transcript can be created using aiAssist for self-editing or sent to VIQ for modification by professional editors.

Contact us to learn more. VIQ Solutions offers CapturePro Conference and CapturePro On-the-Go to securely capture the court record outside of the courtroom. Visit our website to learn more.

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