Members of the 7th Floor continue to appear in virtual hearings in all settings (directions, mediations, interlocutory hearings, final hearings, and appeals) across a range of jurisdictions, and are familiar with all virtual hearing platforms, including telephone, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and Zoom. We can assist in all necessary arrangements for virtual hearings and conferences, and are familiar with the many changes that have been made to court practices and protocols.
We are also familiar with, and can advise upon, the many changes in law enacted across a range of practice areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Courts and tribunals are increasingly directing that parties either propose or agree a protocol for virtual hearings. The 7th Floor has prepared a short guide to virtual protocols, which can be accessed here
The strong preference of Courts for virtual hearings during COVID-19 means that the principles relating to the use audio-visual modes of conducting proceedings is more relevant than ever. A short summary of the principles practitioners should be aware can be accessed here.
The NSW Bar Association has published a comprehensive guide to court proceedings during the pandemic, which can be accessed here