Long-Planned Commercial Division Videoconferencing Rule Takes Effect Amid Pandemic

August 20, 2020 – Media Mention
New York Law Journal

Herrick partner, Scott E. Mollen was quoted in the New York Law Journal discussing a new rule allowing attorneys to officially petition Commercial Division judges to participate in court conferences and oral arguments via videoconferencing. The rule change was spearheaded by the Commercial Division Advisory Council and was requested well before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Moreover, greater use of videoconferencing is consistent with practices now being utilized by other state and federal courts. The new rule gives trial judges another option or method of administering their cases," said Mollen, a member of the advisory counsel.

Mollen also noted that video and telephonic conferences have been the only option for parties during the pandemic.  "The expectation is that the court will assure that all participants can access the technology that is used," he said. "The costs are minimal compared to the costs of travel and lodging. Major provider plans range from approximately $8 a month to $20 per month, depending on the plan, and special pricing is available for government customers. Camera equipment may range between $40 and $200, and most laptops, iPads and tablets have built-in cameras. Additionally, security protocols will need to be followed."