GUIDANCE ON GIVING REMOTE EVIDENCE: ESSENTIAL READING FROM THE ACADEMY OF EXPERTS
The Academy of Experts have written Guidance on Giving Remote Evidence. Although this is aimed at expert witnesses there is much that anyone involved in litigation can take away from this.
There is much that is useful. I have selected seven, out of dozens, of useful points in the Guidance
1. “Write the report with screen display in mind”. This now has to be the guidance for anyone producing documents that are going to be used in court, from witness statements, photographs and (in particular) skeleton arguments and written submissions.
2. “Check which platform is being used, ensure it works on your technology and familiarise yourself with how it works.”
3.”Familiarise yourself with the operation of the application so that you know how to connect to a hearing, are able to join by video and audio and know how to ensure your speaker or headset are operating in that application.”
4. “Experience suggests that 5 to 15 minutes a day may be taken up with technology problems.”
5. “Processing information through online contact is hard and even more so at the moment, due to the stresses of lockdown;”
6. “Accept that you are unlikely to have the same space in your “personal hard drive” to work at the same intensity as previously;”
7. “Online communication is far more demanding and tiring;”