Two dueling visions of remote proceedings in California’s courts are playing out in the state Capitol this summer. And so far, the biggest critics of keeping video technology in courtrooms post-pandemic are winning.

On one side are state judiciary leaders and trial attorneys who say continued remote access is critical to keeping proceedings moving as courts grapple with a backlog of cases. On the other side are court employees who say glitchy technology hurts poor litigants and threatens the accuracy of transcripts.