Visioconference: Quebec (Canada?) vs USA

J’ai été frappé de lire à quelques jours d’interval les articles publiés de l’autre côté de la frontière chez les américains et de ce côté-ci, au Québec, relatifs à l’utilisation de la visionconférence dans le cadre d’auditions. Je vous invite à consulter l’article intitulé It’s Prime Time for Videoconferencing in Court paru aujourd’hui sur Law.com et à le comparer à celui paru dans le journal du Barreau (page 13) intitulé La visioconférence… avec modération. Vous noterez que les questions et problèmes existants avec ce medium sont partagés et n’ont pas de frontière!

Comme ces articles traitent principalement de l’usage classique de la visioconférence, ie la vidéoconference, je bonifierais en ajoutant que j’ai tenté dernièrement un interrogatoire par webconférence et que l’expérience n’a pas été concluante. En effet, bien que l’aspect communication orale se déroule à merveille, l’optique webéo est désastreux vu le déclage important entre la réaction physique de l’interrogé et ses propos… Par exemple, j’ai d’abord fait une plaisanterie qui a été suivie par une question plutôt indisposante et la réaction simultanée visualisée sur mon ordinateur était un sourire à ma précédente plaisanterie…

Bien que j’aspire à une utilisation plus grande de ces technologies afin de réduire les coûts et les délais, deux thèmes qui semblent être liés à l’accessibilité à la justice, je dois admettre que la technologie n’est pas encore à la hauteur de la justice, dans ce domaine au moins.

Tiré de WIM.

Comments

  1. Darned lawyers and their love of videoconferencing. It’s a technology that is persistently unready for prime time — at least in the hands of legal staff. The kids can do better with the various IM programs that offer son et lumiere, but lawyers wheel out the clumsy high-end stuff that always screws up.

    Give yourself a treat some day. Get a Mac and set up a videoconference with another Mac user. You’ll be astonished at how clear and accurate the communication is.

  2. We have a national firm to run, and offices in 9 towns across 3 time zones. Trust me, videoconfercing does add something to just the phone sounds. Key committees use it all the time.

  3. The Ontario Legislature seems likely to pass shortly the Access to Justice Act, Bill 14, which in Schedule E amends the Provincial Offences Act to allow testimony in court by electronic means. Just what electronic means, and subject to what limits, is left for regulations after consultation with stakeholders.

    Some concern has been expressed during the legislative process about the effectiveness of one’s right to cross-examine witnesses, especially prosecution witnesses, under these circumstances. I am told that there are similar provisions in the Criminal Code but I do not know the conditions or the experience.

    Are other lawyers of Mr Jaar’s opinion on the courtroom use of video, or should all applicable Ontario courts be equipped with Macs? Are there terms that should be in the regulations?

    One of the hopes would be to have police evidence in provincial offence prosecutions come in by videoconference, so the police do not need so much overtime pay to show up, and so many cases are not dismissed because the police have failed to show up. But it has been pointed out that even in these relatively “minor” offences, the defendant has the right to fair procedures and a full defence that should not be compromised by video. (Obviously the right to a fair trial is guaranteed by the Charter and cannot be taken away by the POA.)

  4. I agree with Simon C that videoconferences work fine withinh an organisation. I remember using it extensively when I was working at BLG. We used it for CLE, internal committees meetings and even conferences with clients in other provinces/countries.

    My post referred to the use of visioconference in the courtroom and its implication on Charter rights. On a more technology orientedside, I pointed out webconference are not up to speed with videoconferencing (except for Mac-Mac from what I hear: I’m on my way to buy a Mac for my wife and one for me!).