By Anna-Leigh Firth
Zoom? CourtCall? GoToMeeting? WebEx?
Our May Question of the Month asked judges which online platform they’ve been using most often to conduct court operations remotely during the coronavirus crisis.
Among the 702 judges who responded, the clear winners were Zoom with 48 percent and WebEx with 25 percent.
Baldwin County (AL) Judge Michelle Thomason said that by incorporating Zoom into her court’s existing software, they were able to set cases for hearing and view and print virtual dockets.
“It has worked very well, and we will likely utilize this platform for motion dockets and other hearings long after the social distancing requirements have been lifted,” she wrote.
Bexar County (TX) Judge Ernie L. Glenn said participants in his felony drug treatment court actually seemed more relaxed on Zoom than during in-person court appearances.
Other aspects of Zoom lauded by judges included: