October 26, 2020 Feature

On the Trail of the “Virtual” Expert: Counsel’s Guide for the Current Pandemic

Eric Y. Drogin

The present COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased sightings of the “virtual expert,” an online apparition that has at least temporarily replaced the three-dimensional colleagues we’ve come to know and love. Of course, these are the same doctors we were using before, but social distancing requirements, travel restrictions, and institutional access limitations have driven most forensic assessment work and courtroom testimony online for the duration. As with any other improvised innovation, advantages and disadvantages abound. This article offers an introductory, practically focused guide.

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