On October 6, 2020, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden attorneys Sean Mack, Tim Malone and Darcy Baboulis-Gyscek will participate in a webinar hosted by the NJSBA and NJICLE on Zoom Trials in New Jersey.
Program: Trial by Zoom – 10 Tips to Make Your Civil or Family Zoom Trial a Success
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Unlike many states which largely put non-emergent proceedings on pause when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the U.S., New Jersey has forged ahead, quickly making provisions for remote depositions and court proceedings, even bench trials. And our courts appear well-equipped to handle this new challenge.
The idea of conducting a trial via Zoom is likely intimidating for the most seasoned trial attorney – the technology may malfunction, no one can handle and flip through documents, you can’t approach the bench, you’re not in the same room with the judge, your client, your adversary or any witness, etc. However, with some preparation and helpful tips, there will be little to fear.
Register now for a program that will help you conduct virtual bench trials effectively and without worry. This experienced panel of civil and family law attorneys have conducted successful bench trials and will provide you with an important “Top 10” list of things to remember to help you in your practice. For Example;
- How to prepare exhibits so they are pre-marked and readily accessible
- Important questions to ask the Judge during a management conference that will save time, prevent stress and make for a more effective argument
- The best way to avoid cross-examination pitfalls in a virtual platform
- The most effective way to prep witnesses for testimony and for using technology so that glitches are minimized
- How to prevent “screen share” and other blunders so that your work product and other confidential information is safeguarded
- Suggestions for questioning witnesses and parties to detect if anyone unauthorized is sending them texts or signals to coach their testimony
- Advice re: monitors, screens and cameras .. and more.
As New Jersey courts approach the gradual phases of reopening, it is possible that some virtual-based proceedings may outlast the pandemic. Virtual bench trials could become part of the “new normal,” as they offer a practical tool for courts to convene parties, their attorneys and witnesses who are geographically dispersed or otherwise unable to travel due to health, financial or scheduling concerns. At the least, courts may be less hesitant to grant requests to permit witnesses to testify via remote technology. With your abilities and these helpful tips, you will be able to continue to service even the most critical aspect of your clients’ cases in a virtual setting.
For more information or to register please click here.