While more complex cases may return to a physical courtroom just as soon as public health allows, cost savings and attorneys' increasing comfort with the tech involved may keep some aspects of virtual depositions and court applications alive well past 2021.
Among the many things that the legal profession has adapted to in 2020 is the proliferation of virtual courts and depositions. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may continue to keep many lawyers away from a physical courtroom for most of 2021, it won’t be without some small gains in efficiency.
For starters, attorneys may be steadily growing more sophisticated in their use of technology to facilitate court and deposition proceedings. While remote work can make tasks like witness prep somewhat awkward, it could also present an opportunity for firms to save big on travel fees and other expenses in the New Year.
Here’s a look at where virtual courts may be headed in 2021 and even beyond.