This Colombian court hosts first legal trial in the metaverse

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    Colombian Court Hosts First Trial This Month metaverseand now I want to experiment again with virtual realityofficials 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,” Quiones told Reuters, describing the Metaverse experience as “amazing.” On Zoom, “a lot of people turn off their cameras and don’t know what they’re doing,” she noted.

    Quiones said the case, filed by the local transport union against the police, could proceed partially in the Metaverse and result in a verdict. She didn’t rule out Metaverse hearings elsewhere.

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

    Despite the legal shift to video conferencing hosted by Zoom and Google, few have experimented with the Metaverse. microsoft and other tech giants are vying to build.

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

    Nonetheless, Columbia’s February 15 court proceedings (streamed to YouTube) went off without too much trouble, aside from some dizzying camera movements and distorted movements.

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    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.

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

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    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 it’s the other way around.”

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