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N.C. highest court makes history with remote video arguments

June 15, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court made history on Monday by hearing oral arguments using video conferencing as the court system continues to attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The state judicial system said the cases marked the first time oral arguments were heard using remote technology since the court convened in 1819.

State Supreme Court justices listened online from their offices to lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving insurance companies and a hospital. Ten cases were to be heard using this method through Wednesday. Members of the public could watch the remote arguments online.

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The state Court of Appeals made similar history on April 30 when a three-judge panel of the court heard arguments through video conferencing. Other courts are using similar technology as in-person hearings have been scaled back due to the coronavirus.

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