Chicago Tribune: Lake County judges adjust to streaming court hearings after state Supreme Court decision

This article discusses how Lake County has adapted to virtual courts. Of note is this excerpt:

Lake County Superior Court Criminal Division Judge Diane Boswell said the criminal division has been using Zoom to expedite bond reduction hearings and no contact orders, among other things.

“It’s working. It’s the best we can do right now,” Boswell said. “We’re trying to keep cases on track.”

But, not all criminal cases can be handled online, Boswell said.

Jury trials and contested hearings can’t be held via Zoom for constitutional reasons, Boswell said. For example, if a jury trial were held over Zoom, it would block the defendant’s right to cross-examine witnesses or accusers, she said.

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