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There has been a huge change this year in respect of civil and commercial litigation trials and how they are conducted.
For obvious reasons traditional trials (which typically take place in a court room with a witness box, with judges and barristers often in formal dress and paper trial bundles lying around everywhere you look) are currently few and far between. Trials now frequently take place remotely by video hearing, with all interested parties attending the hearing via their own PCs and laptops.
Having now participated in a number of remote video trials I can happily report that, even for a technophobe like me, it is a surprising user-friendly way of conducting a trial. The experience can’t fully replicate some of the benefits of being in an actual court room but it is certainly preferable to there being no trial at all for months on end.
Some readers may have to attend court remotely at some point, whether purely as a witness or as a party to a dispute. Here is my guide to anyone attending a remote video hearing, based on my experiences so far: