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Published 11 November 2021
Following a successful pilot, the Dublin office of international law firm DAC Beachcroft is offering its clients the use of TrialView, an innovative virtual courtroom, giving clients the ability to expedite remote hearings and trials and save time and effort through the use of built-in tools to digitalise and share documents.
TrialView is a secure platform where all participants can join virtually to conduct and take part in litigation easily and efficiently. A main hearing room offers functionality to ensure active participants are on video and can be spotlighted when they are speaking. It also has built-in tools to safeguard against connectivity issues so parties can be assured that witnesses are in the ‘room’ at any given time. Passive participants, including members of the public, can join open sessions using a link. In addition, there are consultation rooms to allow active participants to come out of the main hearing room and enter private rooms for discussions with their teams.
“Following COVID-related lockdowns in Ireland, many hearings are now taking place remotely,” said Gary Rice, Head of DACB Dublin’s Professional, Public & Regulatory Team. “Virtual hearings have been successful, so it’s possible that these types of hearings will continue to be a feature of the Irish legal system in the longer term.
“Having TrialView in place means that, with the agreement of the judge and the opposing side, we can push ahead with hearings and trials, saving our clients, the courts and all parties involved a significant amount of time – particularly given the current backlog in the courts.”
In addition to providing secure, virtual rooms, TrialView also offers a court bundle builder tool, which digitalises documents and allows for easy sharing through a private data room, as well as customisation. Lawyers and other parties are able to manage and present court documents efficiently and with ease.
“This is a game changer for many of our clients,” said senior associate Niall Sexton, who headed up the team responsible for getting TrialView up and running at DACB. “The platform provides a one-stop shop for everything we need to conduct inquires and hearings. We’re able to speed up litigation and hearings that would otherwise have to wait for another platform to become available, and it’s a way of working smarter and more securely than on many of the other virtual platforms out there.”
DAC Beachcroft is currently using TrialView in Ireland for inquiries in the area of professional regulation, but it is exploring further uses.
“The applications of TrialView stretch beyond inquiries,” added commercial litigation partner Lisa Broderick, who heads up DACB’s Dublin office. “It is also very suitable for commercial litigation and mediations and to use as a secure data rooms in crisis situations. It’s a very exciting technology and provides a solution with countless benefits for our clients.”