The Federal Court of Canada released a decision providing detailed directions on how a trial will resume virtually over Zoom. These directions set out the protocols for addressing some of the potential challenges associated with conducting a virtual trial. This includes:
- Document management;
- Examination of a witness including best practices for testifying via videoconference;
- Putting a document to a witness on examination-in-chief vs. cross-examination;
- Loss of internet connection and when this may cause the hearing to adjourn;
- Objections; and
- Confidentiality and when use of a "break-out" room may be appropriate.
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