Wisconsin courts use technology to keep courts open during pandemic

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin courts are taking advantage of videoconferencing and live streaming services to keep courts operating, according to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

In March, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued orders temporarily prohibiting circuit courts from holding jury trials and in-person appearances.

The court system is using Zoom online videoconferencing for court appearances because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This technology makes it possible for our courts to keep cases moving, while protecting the health of people who would otherwise be in the same courtroom. Just as important, the public and media are able to observe open proceedings as they are happening, despite the pandemic,” said Director of State Courts Randy Koschnick.

Some of the court feeds are being streamed through YouTube’s streaming service.

Since the Zoom accounts were issued to the courts in mid-March, about 70 circuit court branches in 23 accounts established YouTube channels.