What is a virtual video statement?
During the last ten years we've witnessed several scenarios where finding out what a witness has to say is critical, but the need to have it recorded is discretionary or not permitted.
Often a witness or claimant is represented by counsel and he/she will allow us to take the statement but does not permit it being recorded in any format.
Other times the information possessed by a witness may (or may not) be critical or sensitive, so memorializing it is not the best option.
Nevertheless, hearing what a witness has to say and, even more important, watching their demeanor as they answer questions, is necessary.