Maryland courtrooms are slow keeping up with the times. This is not an altogether bad thing. What happens in the courtroom matters and we should probably let society work out the kinks of technology and understand all of the potential unintended consequences before our judicial system leaps into the next big thing.
That said, geez. It is 2014. Can we get wi-fi in the courtrooms? I can’t even get my phone on the Internet in some courthouses,
like P.G. County Circuit Court not to name any names. We can e-file pleadings in federal court now and will be able to in state court at some point. But we are about 15 years behind the curve. Let’s not let the world get a full generation lead in technology over our courts.
One of the big issues that is increasingly getting attention is witnesses testifying at trial without actually showing up at trial. Skype is the primary method that gets talked about, probably because its low cost makes it the most desirable.