Collision Course: The Confrontation Clause and Cyber Courtrooms in the Age of COVID-19

  • 29 Jul 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual - Meeting link to be sent one day prior via email


Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m.

Zoom Meeting


Hon. Jesse ReyesIllinois Appellate Court, First District, Fourth Division

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the way that we all interact with one another.  Social distancing is the new norm. Greetings by way of handshakes or hugs is a thing of the past. Wearing a mask out in public is expected. Our institutions have also been affected, as many of our campuses and churches still remain closed. As a result of this crisis, even our nation’s halls of justice are devoid of people. Trials in many states have been cancelled or continued until further notice.

Some jurisdictions are seeking to implement non-traditional means of providing justice. Instead of appearing in courtrooms, litigants will be now be appearing on video conference screens.  In this new normal, can trials be constitutionally conducted over remote video conferencing platforms where the participants will not be face-to-face? Will an accused’s sixth amendment right to confront their accuser be violated if the accuser’s testimony is presented via video conference instead of in person? 

The Honorable Justice Jesse G. Reyes, Justice of the First District Illinois Appellate Court and member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild Board of Governors, will present on this topic on July 29. 

The program offers one hour of meeting credit with the Illinois MCLE Board and Professionalism Commission.

Introductory Remarks:
Kevin Murphy, CLG President

This hour-long program is open to all lawyers and judges. 
Cost to attend is $10.00.