COVID-19 forced many federal judges to break out their ring lights and livestream court proceedings. In March 2020, the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act waived videoconferencing prohibitions in federal courts to allow public access to the courts during a global health emergency. But while that exemption will eventually expire, some judges are already developing processes to continue remote access.

During the July 14 Legalweek(year) keynote judges’ panel, U.S. District Judge William Matthewman of the Southern District of Florida said he wasn’t familiar with Zoom prior to COVID-19, but soon became well acquainted with the platform and discovered its efficiency.