Online courts face uncertain future post-pandemic

Colorado Politics: One Friday morning in Denver District Court, the judge held up a piece of paper to her courtroom camera, letting the defendant know he would be serving less time than the document showed.

“I don’t know how to share a screen; couldn’t share one to save my life,” acknowledged Judge Kandace C. Gerdes. The defendant, sitting in detention and attending court virtually, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, stared through his camera.

On this day, the man was pleading guilty to weapons and drugs charges. Gerdes asked if he wanted to say anything before she sentenced him.

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