Proposed rule to expand the use of remote appearances for routine criminal matters in on its way to the court
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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