Colombia court moves to metaverse, hosts first hearing

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    A Colombian court hosted its first trial in the Metaverse this month and now hopes to experiment again with virtual reality, officials told Reuters.

    During a two-hour hearing held by the Magdalena Administrative Court in Colombia, participants in a traffic dispute appeared as avatars in a virtual courtroom. Magistrate Maria Quinones Triana avatar wears black robes.

    The country was one of the first in the world to test real court hearings in the Metaverse’s immersive virtual reality, often using avatars to represent each participant to make the digital space more realistic. make you feel

    “It felt more real than a video call,” Chiones told Reuters on Friday, describing the Metaverse experience as “amazing.” I don’t know if there are,” she said.

    The lawsuit, filed against police by the local transport union, will proceed partially in the Metaverse and could include a judgment, Quiones said. She didn’t rule out Metaverse hearings elsewhere.

    Colombian authorities held a two-hour public hearing over a virtual traffic dispute.
    via Reuters

    “This is an academic experiment to show that it is possible … but if everyone agrees with it,[my court]can keep things going in the metaverse,” she added. I got

    Courtroom trials are increasingly shifting to video conferencing hosted by Zoom and Google, but the Metaverse (META.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and other tech giants are vying to build the space. ), few people have tried it.

    Early examples of interviews and conferences in the Metaverse have often been derided for their clunky and cartoonish visualizations.

    Columbia court hearings in the Metaverse.
    A magistrate described the experience as “excellent”. “It felt more real than a video call,” she said.
    via Reuters

    Nevertheless, Columbia’s Feb. 15 legal proceedings (streamed to YouTube) ended without too much trouble, aside from some dizzying camera movements and distorted movements.

    Quiones reiterated the constitutional legitimacy of the virtual courtroom, but acknowledged the experiment was unpopular, citing 70% dissent among viewers.

    Juan David Gutierrez, professor of public policy at Rosario University in Colombia, says there is still a long way to go in using the metaverse in legal proceedings.

    Columbia court hearings in the Metaverse.
    Colombia was one of the first countries to hold court hearings in the Metaverse.
    via Reuters

    “To do this, you need hardware that most people don’t have, and it raises questions about accessibility to justice and equality,” he told Reuters.

    Quiones agreed that cost and accessibility should be discussed. But she advocated a metaverse in which participants could share space without having to physically meet, in cases of abuse, for example.

    Gutierrez said Colombian judges are looking for ways to ease the country’s overburdened judicial system.

    “We create the illusion that technology makes things more efficient, but sometimes the opposite is true.”


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