Are Virtual Court Proceedings Here to Stay? The Federal Court System CARES About That: Legal Technology Trends

This week’s blog post for IPRO’s blog is (once again) about virtual court proceedings and whether or not they’re here to stay – but with a twist this time, related to the CARES Act!

I love getting a comment from a reader about a blog post I’ve written!  I love it even more when the reader provides information that I didn’t know previously.  And when it’s from none other than the Hon. Andrew Peck (ret.) – who also participates with me on monthly EDRM case law webinars (including this one on July 21st, just sayin’) – it’s even better!  🙂

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how courts began using Zoom to conduct proceedings virtually once the COVID-19 pandemic began, including hearings, depositions (many of which have been virtual already for years) and even trials.  A big part of that recent activity is because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 116th U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.

So, what does the CARES Act have to do with the Federal court system?  And when is it over?  Good question.  And why am I thanking Judge Peck for this blog topic?  You can find out on Ipro’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!

So, what do you think?  Do you think virtual court proceedings are here to stay, post pandemic?  Has your opinion changed after reading this post?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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