The Wi-Fi Witness
In May 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court endorsed videoconferencing technology in civil trials. In his July Illinois Bar Journal article, “The Wi-Fi Witness,” Michael Adler recalls how he implemented this new technology in a 2021 medical malpractice case. Adler found that it is more cost effective, makes witness scheduling and trial preparation easier, and is more effective than prerecorded evidence depositions. Whether COVID-19 is still around or long gone, Adler writes, live remote witnesses via videoconferencing is a great tool for any Illinois trial attorney.
In fact, in his 2021 trial, both sides had multiple out-of-state witnesses and agreed to remote live witnesses. The judge had no qualms either. Read on to learn how it all worked out.