Court rooms in New York have increased the number of hearings conducted over video conference, and it is predicted that the court room of the future will include use of this technology, according to a recent article in the NY Daily News. The benefits of using video conferencing for hearings include reduced exposure to risk and increased security. When more hearings are conducted over video a reduction in inmate transportation costs can also be expected.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/04/10/2011-04-10_hearings_by_video_surge_in_courts.html