It Can be Done! Far-Flung Zoom Trial Accomplished With Strong Wi-Fi, Willingness
Partner Annie Gamez shared her recent experience representing a mother in an international child abduction case via a Zoom video trial. The Zoom option kicked in after U.S. District Chief Judge K. Michael Moore ordered a halt to nonessential proceedings in South Florida federal courts until July in response to the coronavirus. Ms. Gamez explained the varying obstacles the teams faced including preparing and distributing potential exhibits days in advance, sequestering witnesses, general technology glitches and witness credibility.
“After you got used to it, I would say it was not as difficult as I anticipated,” Gamez said. “What was key here I think really was planning, preparation, testing things ahead of time, making sure you were familiar with Zoom, going over it with witnesses.”
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