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Remote Argument Survey Highlights Positives and Negatives of Streaming During Pandemic

Tim Kowal     December 3, 2020

Remote Appellate Arguments Could Be Here to Stay
According to a survey conducted by the clerk of the Ninth Circuit, an overwhelming 86% of lawyers who have given oral arguments remotely thought the level of engagement with the judges was the same or better than in-person proceedings.

A lower percentage, though still a majority, rated the experience to be overall positive, with 62% rating the experience similar to or even better than in-person proceedings. The remaining 38% rated it worse.

Nonetheless, most attorneys were reluctant to support future remote arguments unless in the case of a pandemic or where opposing counsel was also appearing remotely. Only 13% would appear remotely again without those conditions.

The survey was reported here: https://lnkd.in/dKHNwpp

Tim Kowal is an appellate specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Tim helps trial attorneys and clients win their cases and avoid error on appeal. He co-hosts the Cal. Appellate Law Podcast at CALpodcast.com, and publishes summaries of cases and appellate tips for trial attorneys. Contact Tim at [email protected] or (949) 676-9989.
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