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Law Marketing Topics for June 23, 2022

Now is a good time for law firms to educate the public on virtual proceedings.

On June 20, the Connecticut Supreme Court turned back constitutional challenges to three virtual proceedings that terminated or limited the petitioners' parental rights.

The trials were all adjudicated virtually via the Microsoft Teams videoconferencing platform. In one case, the petitioner alleged that she was denied her constitutional right to in-person confrontation of the witnesses. In another, the petitioner argued that she was denied due process because she participated through audio alone. And in a third case, the petitioner, who was indigent, contended that she was constitutionally entitled to state-provided technology robust enough to simulate in-person courtroom proceedings.

Legal marketers should expect that numerous similar rulings will be forthcoming in jurisdictions across the country over the next year. They should also anticipate that local courts will be rapidly adopting virtual technologies -- on a permanent basis -- to handle a wide range of judicial business.

And they should definitely be aware that clients and prospective clients will be searching for information on what the emerging virtual justice system will look like in their localities. Professional communications explaining how virtual trials work, and how parties can prepare and present themselves online to maximum advantage, will meet a clear information need and position the law firm as a trusted resource in this novel and dynamic litigation environment.