Girl using communication device.
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.