The Board of Governors will consider a proposed rule amendment later this month that would facilitate greater use of remote technology in certain criminal proceedings.

The Criminal Procedure Rules Committee’s proposed amendment would require judges, absent a showing of good cause, to permit the use of remote technology in non-evidentiary hearings that last 30 minutes or less.

Proponents say the current rule gives judges too much discretion to deny the use of remote hearings and has created a “lack of uniformity amongst not just the judicial circuits, but the judges.”

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