Colorado courts catapulted online amid coronavirus pandemic

The Denver Post: With some dropped connections, a few crying babies and the occasional hot mic, the historically camera-shy Colorado courts took a giant, forced leap into new technology this summer as safety concerns about the novel coronavirus pushed court proceedings into the virtual world.

Judges, attorneys, witnesses, defendants and members of the public are logging into virtual courtrooms across the state, appearing via live online video streams, or calling in on phones from their cars, homes — or wherever they happen to be.

“Within a couple of months the courts totally changed how they practice,” said Tom Isler, a Denver civil litigation attorney. “And that ability to adapt is to their credit and interesting to see. These changes can happen. There just needs to be the will behind it.”

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