Dec 7, 2020
The Pros and Cons of Virtual Mediation
Who could have imagined that 2020 would wind down with Californians still in basic lockdown, conducting business mostly via virtual platforms such as Zoom, Webex, and FaceTime? Who would have imagined how swiftly lawyers and mediators would take a deep dive into new technology and rapidly gain proficiency? Lawyers are indeed a hardy bunch!
Virtual appearances in courthouses for depositions and mediations are no longer a temporary fix but are likely to stay well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of virtual mediations have been conducted. Issues surrounding privacy and confidentiality have been successfully addressed with waiting rooms, break-out rooms, and passwords. It turns out that virtual mediations are highly effective in resolving disputes.