Virtual trials in a coronavirus world: how it works in practice

As we enter a period in which in-person trials may no longer be possible for some time, Linklaters is preparing for the prospect of a fully “virtual trial” in English Commercial Court proceedings involving factual and expert witnesses located across the globe, several of whom require an interpreter whilst giving their evidence.

This post examines the pragmatic attitude of judges to trials in light of Covid-19 and the practical steps the parties have taken so far to enable a remote hearing to take place.

Key practical steps include:

  • Finding a suitable video conferencing platform
  • Ensuring the trial is open to the public
  • Testing of software and hardware
  • Logistical issues, including the location of interpreters and transcribers and access for witnesses to trial bundles

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A further post will follow after the trial, with our reflections and tips on the process.