The Legal Field and Video Conferencing: Offering Greater Efficiencies for Courts, Law Firms and Clients
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From law firms who know firsthand that “time is money” to overworked court systems looking for ways to save money and reduce overhead, video conferencing offers a big value for organizations at all levels of the legal field. At Lifesize, we’ve worked with everyone from counties to private firms and more to provide them with high-quality video conferencing to meet a myriad of needs.
Here are just a few of the ways these legal organizations are using their video conferencing capabilities:
- Accelerate the judicial process. Issue or receive warrants, stays of hearing, and do so faster than ever before.
- Hold court arraignments remotely. Hinds County, Mississippi has eliminated the costs associated with transporting and guarding prisoners to and from the courthouse by conducting their arraignments remotely, courtesy of their Lifesize video conferencing technology. It’s saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars, and providing them incalculable peace of mind in the process.
- Eliminate deposition-related travel. Depositions can cost a hefty sum of money when considering the travel (by either the witness or the law firm) and amount of time they often take to conduct. By using video conferencing instead, this process can be much simpler and cost-effective.
- Stream, record and share, and archive video testimonies for future playback. Taking extensive notes is a great way to record exactly what an individual says during a meeting, but recording it over video provides added tone, nuance and body language that written notes cannot offer.
- Participate in distance learning. Continuing legal education can get expensive, but with video conferencing, you can save the time, money, and hassle of travel, while still growing your legal skills.
- Hold team collaboration sessions. Jones Walker, a major law firm with 375 lawyers spread out across eight states, is rolling out Lifesize video conferencing units in all 17 of its offices so that employees can collaborate, hold practice group meetings, and more. They find it an invaluable – and time-saving – asset and use it on a daily basis.
- Meet with clients remotely. Video conferencing has the ability to replicate real-life meetings, and that can certainly apply to attorney/client interactions. If your client is located in a different city or county within your state, or even a different state altogether, video conferencing can help bridge the gap.
In a field like law, where time and money are in many ways synonymous, it’s vital to reduce inefficiency as much as possible. Video conferencing allows you to do that and so much more, eliminating the financial and time burdens of travel and improving the quality of long-distance communication.