Remote hearings in the COVID-19 era: another new normal?
The outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has affected all aspects of daily life. One area where its effects have been felt keenly is in English court proceedings, where the judiciary has responded to the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic by promoting, and providing guidance on, remote hearings and trials.
It is clear that the English courts have been as quick and nimble as any organisation in adapting to daily life in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and, certainly, the overriding message to all court users has been that it is very much business as usual despite significant logistical challenges. It will be interesting to see whether they look to abandon remote hearings as soon as they are able or whether this “new normal” may herald a more permanent change in the way that the courts operate.
A rapidly evolving situation
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