After a year and a half of virtual court, I finally experienced what it’s like to attend a virtual court hearing. Most of my practice is in estate planning, which doesn’t involve court appearances. However, I occasionally take on matters that do require some time in the court room. Recently, an adoption case that I wasn’t expecting to require a court appearance ended up having a hearing.
The judge set the hearing as a virtual event, and although courts have been conducting virtual hearings for well over a year now, this was my very first experience participating in a virtual court hearing. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
If you plan to litigate any kind of case, chances are virtual court hearings are here to stay. Many judges (including the one that presided over my hearing) have indicated that they enjoy being able to conduct virtual hearings for some kinds of cases.
If you expect to participate in a virtual court hearing, here are a few tips to help you prepare.