April 22, 2022
The courts are opening again. Juries are being summoned and trials are being conducted. The courthouses are starting to bustle again with the day-to-day order of business. Everything from auto accident cases, medical malpractice cases, premises liability cases, and the criminal defense dockets are once again being presented in open court. There are still some courts that give litigants the option to attend court remotely. I have spoken to many individuals over the past two years during the pandemic and nearly all of them did not feel they were being fully heard when they were on the phone or Zoom. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction in our legal system. We have the constitutional right to confront our accusers in a criminal case. Our evidentiary rules are designed in civil litigation to allow the parties to examine witnesses face-to-face. And the human interaction in the courtroom allows an individual to be fully engaged in the important legal matter in their life. If you have a legal matter, criminal or civil, be fully engaged with your attorney. And when it your time or your attorney’s time to speak, do it in person. There simply is no such thing as remote justice.