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Thou Shalt Zoom

The First Circuit declares that in person court appearances remain disfavored under the Louisiana Supreme Court June 5, 2020, order providing "that all matters should continue to be conducted with the use of video and telephone conferencing whenever possible. " Live testimony "by teleconference, video link, or other visual remote technology" is authorized under the Code of Civil Procedure "when compelling circumstances are shown." See La. C.Civ.Proc. art. 1633.1.

In a custody metter pending in West Baton Rouge Parish, the trial court recently ordered that "all parties and all Counsel of Record" appear before the court. Under current COVID conditions, the order was an abuse of discretion.

Posted: Dec. 10, 2020