In this day and age…

…why can’t a person conference call or videoconference for a court visit, especially for non-felony hearings like traffic court or other small matters with minimal witnesses and visuals?

You could have the session automatically recorded, removing a need for the court reporter’s presence, and it’d mean less time spent for everyone, I would think. If you’re entering a guilty plea anyways and there’s no jail time, why do you need to be there in person?