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Family law case to feature testimony via Skype
Ontario's justice system may be one step closer to technological advancement after the Ontario Court of Justice delivered an unusual decision allowing testimony by Skype under the Family Law Rules.
Writing in P. v. C., Justice Ellen Murray determined the Internet-based video-conferencing program Skype could be used, despite the lack of clarity in the Rules on the issue, during cross-examinations in family court matters in situations where a judge sees fit.
The Rules don't specifically address cross-examination via video conferencing during trial but do allow judges to make decisions about using technology in court.