The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the courts and legal counsel to utilize videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. Thanks to videoconferencing, it is no longer necessary for persons to attend appearances in person. Although, videoconferencing has its benefits and downfalls, we anticipate that the courts will continue to use virtual appearances for years to come. In response, we offer you our top five tips for participating in virtual examinations!
- Turn Off Self View. It is very common to focus on yourself, your appearance, or how you are speaking when you see yourself on camera. To avoid this distraction, we recommend turning off the self-view option since if you were in the physical room, you would not be able to see yourself. This will help to limit the distraction and to help you focus on the examiner and your lawyer during your examination.
- Download the Application Used to Host the Video Conference. Regardless of whether the examination is being held via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Skype, etc., we recommend that you download the application on a laptop or desktop computer instead of using the website or mobile application. The reason being is that many times the function of the application is limited when you use the website browser or mobile version.
- Remember That the Same Rules Apply in Virtual Examinations. Alike in-person examinations, the same rules apply to virtual examinations. For example, you should not have any other individuals in the room with you. Meaning that pets, children, or other family members should not enter the room while examinations are ongoing. You must not communicate with other persons about the examination during breaks. You should refrain from leaving the area, such as to go to the bathroom or grab a glass of water while the examinations are ongoing. You are expected to sit directly in front of the camera and answer the questions being asked. You should not rely on any notes on your screen or in person. We also recommend to limit distractions that you close all browsers, emails, disable desktop notifications, and ensure that your phone is on silent.
- Participate in The Video Conference Using A Laptop or Desktop Hardwired to Your WIFI. To avoid lagging or delays, we recommend that you use a hardwire internet connection. We also recommend using a desktop or laptop to ensure you can read the text on the screen. Many times, counsel will refer you to a document and share their screen. You want to ensure that you can clearly read this document during the examinations.
- Practice. Practice. If you have not used the application before, or would otherwise like more information on how to use the application, we recommend reviewing online tutorials!
If you have any further questions or want more useful tips in participating in a virtual examination, contact Walker Law civil litigation lawyers today!
Please note that this article is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice. If you have any specific questions, please contact a lawyer.