Monday, May 18, 2009

Virginia Institutes Mandatory Videoconferencing

Last week during our visit to the courts in Campbell County, Virginia we learned that in the 2009 session the General Assembly of Virginia amended the law to mandate use of videoconferencing by the state's District Courts.  The bill, H-2108, signed on February 25, 2009 states:
"If two-way electronic video and audio communication is available for use by a district court for the conduct of a hearing to determine bail or to determine representation by counsel, the court shall use such communication in any such proceeding that would otherwise require the transportation of a person from outside the jurisdiction of the court in order to appear in person before the court."
The statute previously permitted documents to be sent electronically and signatures treated as original signatures.

1 comment:

  1. Video conferencing allows more people to access justice - with remote witnesses who are unable to attending in person giving testimony via video. Professional video conference facilities means that the quality is good and they exist everywhere