Virtual court hearings are here to stay — how to codify them?

Montrose Press: When COVID-19 pandemic restrictions curtailed business as usual, Colorado’s courts were no exception — and yet, the courts’ business had to continue.

Defendants and other litigants’ legal rights were not suspended due to the virus; instead, the state court system drew on technology to conduct hearings remotely, or even live streamed them. Now, the Colorado Supreme Court is seeking comment as it considers the best way to make permanent virtual options for certain types of proceedings.

The transparency virtual proceedings create “cannot be denied,” a Feb. 28 announcement from the Colorado Judicial Department said, so the high court will be codifying uniform guidance through Chief Justice Directives, or CJDs.

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