While the pandemic caused the initial phases of many court proceedings to be postponed, many arbitrators elected to move ahead remotely. Now, six months into the COVID-19 crisis, experience shows that not only is it possible to largely replicate a traditional arbitral hearing remotely, the remote platform offers some unique advantages in resolving disputes efficiently in terms of costs and time.
Still, traditional trial practices and techniques do not automatically lend themselves to a remote environment. Ensuring a seamless transition requires both practice and thoughtful planning. This article highlights a collection of practical considerations that can help ensure that contemplated remote arbitration proceedings move forward smoothly.