Now that Connecticut Courts have the ability to schedule virtual hearings with Microsoft Teams, you may finally get scheduled for one if you had been waiting. You will likely be sent an email notification from the court, with specific instructions as to how to login, and when. Once you login, you will be able to see your attorney, the opposing party, opposing counsel, if applicable, the judge, and anyone else testifying.
It may take a while for you to get used to the virtual platform. Unlike when you are in a courtroom, standing next to your attorney, you may not know what to do if you disagree with something someone said, or if you have a question during the proceeding. Obviously, you can’t just blurt out something while your hearing is in progress. Therefore, you will need to find a way to communicate with them outside of your virtual hearing.
There are a few ways you can try to go about this. You can start a chat with your attorney through Microsoft Teams. Think of this like an instant message. It should alert your attorney that you have sent them a message, and they can view discretely while the proceedings continue. However, if you are not familiar with the platform, it may be confusing as you can message an individual (i.e. your attorney), or you can message everyone at once. You may not want to take the risk, in case you accidentally broadcast your message to everyone in the Teams meeting.
Alternatively, you can speak with your attorney in advance about how he or she prefers that you communicate during the hearing. For example, if they tell you to send them an email if you need something during the hearing, then they will know to check that. Alternatively, your attorney may ask you to use an app to text them individually, or even ask you to come to their office and sit “socially distanced,” but so that you can see each other.
This is why it is important to have an attorney who pays attention to small details, and who will also be sure to take time to discuss your concerns and answer your questions as best as possible. It is important that you go into your hearing (virtual OR in person) comfortable and confident.
With over 20 years of combined experience, Attorneys Kristen Wolf & Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore can assist you as necessary. They are here to help make things easier for you, not harder. If we represent you, we can prepare you for your hearing and will be logged on to represent you, guide you, and keep you at ease.
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