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“Tech, lies and video-conferencing”: The Court’s implementation of remote hearings

Published on 09 April 2020

Perhaps very few legal practitioners would have thought that an establishment so rooted in 19th century custom and tradition would be so willing to adopt comparatively modern means of navigating the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as RPC reported last week, the English Courts/civil justice system has responded remarkably quickly and effectively to the closure of the Courts by embracing, amongst other things, remote hearings via live video-link.

As anyone that has spent time stalking the oak-panelled corridors of the Royal Courts of Justice waiting to interrupt a becloaked “Master of the Queen’s Bench” will attest – little has changed at the High Court over the last 100 years. It is, therefore, to the Court’s enormous credit that it has taken the progressive steps it has to ensure that justice continues to be administered during this pandemic.

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