Colorado Supreme Court releases official guidance for virtual proceedings, giving judges wide discretion

Colorado Politics: The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday released its official guidance for when trial judges should permit litigants, victims, witnesses and attorneys to attend proceedings virtually.

However, some members of the legal community warned that judges will continue to have too much discretion to allow or disallow remote participation.

The policy, known as a chief justice directive, followed the rapid shift to virtual court proceedings at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In issuing the directive, the Supreme Court acknowledged that virtual hearings generally ease the burden of participating in the justice system, and setting “baseline” expectations would ensure the state’s 22 judicial districts continue to allow remote participation with some degree of uniformity.

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