The Board of Governors has voted in favor of expanding the use of “communications technology” for routine criminal matters.

At a May 12 meeting in Naples, the board voted 34-10 to recommend acceptance of a Criminal Procedure Rules Committee proposed amendment to Rule 3.116.

The amendment would require a judge to permit parties to appear remotely in non-evidentiary hearings that last 30 minutes or less, absent a showing of good cause.

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