The Bar Association of San Francisco presents
Virtual Technology and its Application to Civil Litigation – Post COVID-19
||Friday, June 4, 2021
||12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
|Honorable Samuel K. Feng
San Francisco Superior Court
|John R. Brydon
Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP
|Guy O. Kornblum
Guy O. Kornblum,
A Prof.Law Corporation
This seminar will discuss how the remote process is going to fit in to the litigation process after we return to a more normal state when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The remote process has been used of necessity but the benefits of its use in the civil litigation process have been tested. Have they passed the test? What will remain of the use of this remote process after “the dust settles:” What have we learned from this brief interlude of “distancing” and “masking”? As a result, what are the benefits of the remote process, and what are its limitations?
PART I: Pre-Trial Uses of the Remote Process
- Client intake and interview
- Witness interviews
- Case Management Conferences (vs. audio only)
- Pre-trial discovery motions
- Motions for Summary Judgment and more
PART II: Mediations and Settlement Conferences
Advantages using remote technology
- “Musts” if you use the remote process.
- Impact on Ability of Sitting Judges to Be More involved in Settlement Conferences (“day of trial” settlements vs. scheduled settlement conferences)
PART III: Trials and and Trial Related
- Will “totally” remote trials be necessary?
- Will they be desired?
- If not, what will be the use of the remote process once restrictions are lifted?
- Remote appearances of witnesses: advantages, disadvantages, and the limitations (including security of the process)
- Pretrial activities using the remote process rather than “live appearances”: e.g. pretrial motions/motions in limine.
- Remote process to “screen” jurors before a more intense voir dire.
- Motions during and after trial
- Lessons from prior remote trials
- Post trial Motions
BASF Litigation Section
Event Code: G211620
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