The main trial, which is scheduled to continue until the end of June, is proving to be an expensive and technologically complicated endeavour.
Lawyers from both Canada and the United States will communicate through encrypted live streaming video and audio created by California-based Live Deposition.
“We have the technology in place and we have our fingers crossed,” said Alan Mark, a lawyer for Goodmans LLP, the court-appointed Canadian monitor for Nortel’s liquidation.
“Procedurally it’s certainly precedent setting having a trial proceed jointly.”
Both countries will adhere to rules for their own jurisdictions.
At its height in 1999 to 2000, Nortel was worth nearly $300 billion, employed more than 90,000 people globally and was regarded as one Canada’s most valuable companies.
In 2009, the company filed for bankruptcy in North America and Europe, shedding thousands of jobs.
Last year, three former top executives at the firm were acquitted of fraud charges nearly a decade after being accused of falsifying financial records at the beleaguered company. The Crown had alleged that the three had been involved in a book-cooking scheme to trigger $12.8 million in bonuses and stock payments for themselves