Virtual Arbitration Hearings

Virtual Arbitration Hearings

Virtual Arbitration Hearings

Virtual Hearings Using Remote Technologies

When travel is difficult or impossible, virtual hearings may be held to resolve most commercial disputes by arbitration. With today's technology, it is entirely possible to hold virtual hearings in which all participants take part remotely.
 
William Kirtley, via his boutique arbitration firm, Aceris Law LLC, has access to all modern videoconferencing technologies, as well as teleconferencing.
 
The technological platforms currently available are more than up to the task of holding virtual hearings, although protocols are needed to address issues that arise in practice.

Virtual Hearing Protocols

Virtual hearings are not identical to physical hearings. When arbitration hearings are held remotely, there is a need for more breaks, as participants must spend long periods staring at a screen. The arbitrators must also be technically literate.
 
When participants are based in multiple jurisdictions, it is also necessary to take into account the various time zones of participants in order to find a time that is workable for all witnessesses, experts and party representatives.
 
Given the possibility of background coaching or guidance to witnesses, guidelines must also be in place to ensure the authenticity of evidence.