Innovation cannot come at the expense of a fair trial.

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By Degen Lipsa

Although digital spaces and events have proliferated in recent years, are they appropriate venues for all sorts of meetings, such as court proceedings?

The metaverse is pushing the boundaries of what’s authorized.

It’s no secret that many actual events have undergone digital incarnations or have been completely transformed into virtual realities during the past several years.

A municipal judge in Colombia recently made the decision to conduct a judicial proceeding in the metaverse as a technological experiment.
The civil lawsuit, which involved a traffic accident, will continue “partially” in the metaverse. Although many people think that the metaverse will change how we interact with one another, it raises the question of whether or not significant societal events like court hearings, when a person’s future may be on the line, can be best served by virtual reality.

The metaverse court case in Colombia was not dissimilar from the global judicial systems’ desire to go digital during the COVID-19 epidemic.
In his words:

This urgent need to conduct the court’s business, [amid] a global pandemic, most certainly accelerated the mass adoption by judges of Zoom and other video conferencing services.

While these Zoom meetings were effective for advancing dockets and court hearings, D’Angelo told Cointelegraph that the technology we’re using now is not ideal for jury trials. He went on to suggest that while some of these difficulties may be resolved in a civil trial, virtual criminal trials would still be problematic because someone’s freedom was at stake.

At least in the United States, he said too many constitutional rights are at stake, such as a defendant’s right to be “present” at trial and the right to “confront” the prosecution’s witnesses under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. constitution.D’Angelo said as both a lawyer and a “technologist,” he is bullish on the future of Web3 technology and how it can advance the legal profession. However, he believes there are still many challenges to overcome before courts adopt metaverse trials and hearings.

According to him, the widespread use of augmented or virtual reality by the general public will have a significant impact on the future of metaverse judicial proceedings.He remarked that “maybe we will see metaverse hearings start to pop up on court dockets” if all parties are at ease using the technology.

There is already a burgeoning community of legal professionals who are learning about Web3 technologies and how they can affect the sector, including attorneys, advocates, and others interested in legal problems.

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