The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure permit video conferencing to be used for arraignment with consent of the Defendant, but this technology is infrequently used. Significant time and money are spent transporting defendants held in pretrial detention to and from Court. Besides the cost, there are security concerns associated with this. Encouraging courts to use video conferencing for arraignments would save significant money for the courts and the U.S. Marshals.
Idea No. 3430