‘Silver lining’ v. ‘worst part of my job’: Legal community offers divergent experiences with virtual court proceedings

Colorado Politics: Virtual court proceedings enable lawyers to more easily represent clients at a lower cost, are less disruptive to the lives of litigants and are more technically demanding on judges and their courtrooms.

Those were the broad messages contained in more than 200 pages of comments submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court on a pair of proposed directives governing remote access to judicial proceedings. However, those who weighed in to the state’s highest court also illuminated many benefits, burdens and less-obvious complications that accompany the move away from in-person appearances.

“There are times a person is in hiding from their perpetrator and participating in virtual proceedings allows them to stay safe,” wrote Jenny Santos, who works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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