My client’s testimony made the news!

by Marie on February 13, 2013

Girl playing can phone

Girl with communication device.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Wall Street Journal and the American Bar Association Journal reported on my divorcing client’s Skype testimony.

Last week, at Chicago’s Daley Center, a judge ruled in my client’s favor by granting an extension to a previous order of protection. The only witness at the hearing was my 72 year-old bed-bound client. He testified from his home through Skype using his laptop.

In the courtroom, the clerk swore in my client through my iPad and we saw him testify through the iPad.

As far as I know, this is the first time in Illinois that a litigant has testified through Skype.

The idea of using Skype in court came to me from the weekly Saturday Skype sessions I have with my 89 year-old grandmother. It is impossible for us to physically meet because my grandmother lives abroad. Skyping is the best alternative.

So, when I came upon the problem of having my bed-bound client testify at his hearing, it was a no-brainer. I knew the video conferencing software that my grandma and I use could help my client obtain the extension to the order of protection that he so desperately needed.

I hope Skype testimony catches on. It is free, it is easy to use and it is the best alternative if your client can’t physically attend a hearing.

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Donny

I remember hearing about this happening during the Zimmerman case. A testimony was given via Skype. I can definitely see this catching on.

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Marie Fahnert

Somehow I missed the Zimmerman ordeal. I feel bad that I found it funny.

Lucky for me, my case was not nationally televised, so the “Skype trolls” didn’t get to us.

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