The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for legal professionals and testifying experts in the courtroom, but the necessary advancements in operations and technology to adapt to remote proceedings were welcome changes – many of which may stick around post-pandemic.
In a recent AIRA Journal article Brattle Principal Marti P. Murray coauthored with Sheryl P. Giugliano and Douglas Spelfogel, and with appreciation to the Honorable Alan S. Trust, the authors discuss the lessons learned and procedures adopted from remote legal proceedings, which may remain in the future to cut costs and increase flexibility.
The article, “Judicial Operations During COVID: Lessons Learned That May Remain After COVID,” focuses on the advancements that the legal community deployed in response to the pandemic’s adverse impact on the judicial process. These changes include maintaining the public record, handling evidence, and conducting virtual depositions, hearings, and trials. While adapting to these virtual proceedings came with various ethical and practical challenges, they also provided numerous benefits, such as eliminating or reducing travel costs and increasing flexibility for all participants. Since many of the remote procedures adopted during the pandemic may remain in use when in-person court proceedings resume due to these advantages, the authors provide several tips for legal professionals and testifying experts operating in virtual environments.
Published in the AIRA Journal