The Law Society Gazette has reported that a hearing has recently been conducted at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre in which the parties (both representing themselves) “attended court” by video (the first reported instance of a pilot program that is being run). The hearing seems to have been a short one, relating to a step in proceedings, rather than a full-blown trial. Surely, however, this must be a taste of things to come. For some time now, it has not been uncommon for witnesses to give evidence by video link (although the quality of the links has often been very poor). The tech is (hopefully) improving and the court system is reacting to that and the need to keep pace with developments in modern life, where, for example, meetings are often “virtual”. Mark Tattersall, director-solicitor at Chivers Walsh Family Law.