Magistrate Judge Tony Leung from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota offers a few pointers to lawyers preparing for virtual court hearings via zoom or other video conference apps in the latest Technically Legal Podcast.
Tip number one is to realize that despite the fact you are not physically in the courtroom, you are still in a court hearing and the judge should have your undivided attention. He also strongly suggests that attorneys take time to mark and ready documents and exhibits to be used at the hearing.
To prevent snafus, Judge Leung suggests doing a dry run and testing your equipment prior to the virtual court hearing and as part of that pre-hearing preparation, to make sure you have a stable internet connection. He says that good lighting and and good microphones are key too.
During the podcast, Judge Leung also explains how lack of internet access for all also implicates access to justice issues.
Listen to the entire interview with Judge Leung or catch it wherever you listen to your podcasts.