With New Jersey’s courts gradually emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, get ready for a new round of bickering between trial lawyers over whether a given proceeding should be conducted in person or via Zoom.

Plenty of attorneys who remember traveling two hours to attend a 15-minute status conference have embraced the time-saving advantages of remote trial technology. Remote proceedings, the thinking goes, save money for clients and allows lawyers to use their time more effectively.