2020 Court Affiliates Virtual Conference
Courtroom Video in the Age of the Pandemic: Trials, Tribulations, & Wonders
Held on June 1-2, 2020
The 2020 annual conference, Courtroom Video in the Age of the Pandemic: Trials, Tribulations, and Wonders, was held remotely via videoconference on June 1–2. Our hosts, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida provided a virtual tour of the most technologically advanced state trial courtroom in the nation.
Texas Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration, David W. Slayton gave the keynote address titled “The Role of Video Technology in the Pandemic Era.” Several Court Administrators and Judges in attendance shared challenges that courts now face in conducting virtual hearings, including how to present evidence, how to create a virtual court record, how to conduct the hearings, and data regarding virtual hearing outcomes.
Presenters also discussed current and potential future innovations and technology challenges for courts—including a presentation from Australia about Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based court record transcription and the potential use of video analytics to deliver emotional insights about witnesses, moving toward live, automated, lie detection.
After the close of the formal conference, Professors Fred Lederer and Nicolas Vermeys (visiting professor at William & Mary and Associate Dean of the University of Montreal Law Faculty) presented an optional session on the effects of the AI ecosystem on the legal system.
The 2021 Court Affiliates Conference is tentatively scheduled for June 9–10, 2021 and will be hosted by the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas, Olathe, Kansas (just 20 miles south of Kansas City).
Affiliate members may view some of the recorded sessions here.
Please visit here if you would like more information to join the Court Affiliates program for $50 per year.
This content has been updated on June 28, 2020 at 10:17 am.