UTAH COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS HISTORIC FIRST ORAL ARGUMENT BY VIDEOCONFERENCE
Salt Lake City, UT— In accordance with the joint Utah Supreme Court and Utah Judicial Council Administrative Order dated March 21, 2020 encouraging social distancing, the Utah Court of Appeals today held its first oral argument by videoconference. Judges Diana Hagen, Ryan Harris, and David Mortensen participated in the panel.
According to Presiding Judge Gregory Orme: “Only a few years ago, social distancing would have meant canceling the scheduled oral arguments in the many cases where we believe that oral argument will help us to decide the cases correctly. Fortunately, the technology now available, and our talented administrative team and incredible IT department, allowed us to simply shift the oral arguments from our courtroom to our computer screens. I was very pleased today that our hearing in an important criminal case came off without a hitch.”
Other courts, including District and Juvenile courts, have reported success in setting up online hearings to handle critical cases. The Utah Courts are committed to providing important services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information: