What to Expect if Your Case is Set for a Virtual Hearing

It is now common for courts in civil cases to hold virtual hearings using video conferencing equipment. When a hearing is held via video conference the participating parties must take note of a number of special issues if they desire a successful virtual hearing outcome.

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Hi. I’m Indiana personal injury attorney David Holub.

Recently, lawyers and judges have had to learn to conduct virtual remote hearings. This is not really a new development.

For years, preliminary criminal hearings have been conducted via a video conferencing link between the courtroom and the jail.

But it is now common place for courts in civil cases to hold hearings virtually, using video or phone conferencing equipment.

When a hearing is held via video conference the participating parties will need:

• internet access
• a phone, tablet, or computer with camera and microphone access
• a conferencing application compatible with court equipment (usually Zoom)

We have for many years met with clients via video conferencing. It is easy to do.

To make it work smoothly:

• plan to be in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed (a loud train whistle blaring in the background is not good)
• be prepared to work with us to test your equipment before the hearing begins
• be prepared to log in with time to spare
• when the hearing starts follow court instructions on when to speak and when to be silent

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