Covid19 has forced businesses into re-thinking how they can conduct their work. The Courts are no different. The Courts Service implemented a number of changes to comply with Government health and safety guidelines, and they continue to adapt these procedures as restrictions ease. One of these modifications, was the introduction of a virtual Callover using video conference technology.
Considering one of our main services in ‘normal times’ is attending at Court on behalf of our Solicitor clients based around Ireland, we decided it was important to put the infrastructure in place to facilitate this adjustment. We now have a dedicated floor within the office for remote court attendances, and Róisín Bradley and Jonathon Hanlon of our office both logged on for our inaugural virtual Callover on Wednesday.
As a firm of Solicitors, we were in a position to be granted access by the Law Society of Ireland, with the Callover taking most of the day, segmented into 30-minute time slots. According to Róisín, it went very well;
“The Callover by Remote Video Conference was a huge success overall. Judge Cross and Registrar Margaret Mulligan were very helpful and operated the list efficiently. There were very few technical difficulties. Making the applications virtually went smoothly with each party muting and unmuting their microphones accordingly. It was a safe and smart way to operate the Callover.”