A viewer wants to know how the attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are handling depositions and hearings with the courts being closed during COVID-19.
Haley Blanco: It’s time once again for “The Law & You.” Joining us from the comfort of their homes, we have attorneys Ed Ciarimboli and Greg Fellerman back for more. Nice to see you both. You’re working from home. The court system is closed but this viewer has a good question for you. Let’s take a look to see what Val is saying. She says from Drums, “How are you guys doing depositions and hearings during COVID, if at all?”
Ed Ciarimboli: I tell you what, that’s a great question. So, let me first talk about the depositions. We’re doing them by Zoom. We’re doing them by Zoom, we’re meeting on Skype and that really hasn’t missed a beat. Thankfully, there was one requirement that court reporters had to be in the same room with a witness swearing them in. The Governor signed an order doing away with that. So thankfully when the Governor did that, we went virtual everywhere. Everyone has been in a different location, the court reporter is in a different location, the witnesses are in a different location, I’m in my kitchen or somewhere else doing the deposition. So, that hasn’t stopped. The hearings, so now some courts are starting to embrace the Zoom technology, the Skype. So, I think that actual hearings are going to be able to move forward as well. So we’re seeing a lot of positive. You know out of every crisis comes opportunity and the opportunity is to embrace technology a little bit more and utilize it a little bit more effectively.
Greg Fellerman: Yeah, and if you think about it, a lot of the hearings we get, we have to do, we have to go all across Northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. And if we can stay in our offices and continue to do hearings from our office, which really makes a lot of sense, we want to bring fewer people together. We can do it from the convenience of our office. Even for all the people, it may be productive. And, believe it or not, it may be cheaper for the public, who are paying lawyers to go across the country. So, the courts, they seem very open to it. So hopefully, it’s a teaching moment again. We can do it and I think we’re doing a good job and keeping them busy. Thank you.
Haley: All right, we’re all learning during this. Guys, thank you so much for your time and advice today. If you have questions for them, reach out to them. And don’t forget to go to pahomepage.com.
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