Remote hearings & Covid-19 - Article by Adiba Bassam

11th May 2020

Remote hearings: just because a matter can be heard remotely does not mean it must be

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures, the Family Courts have had to adapt quickly to this unexpected landscape to keep hearings going when possible. While hearings are still proceeding, these are at large conducted via telephone or video hearings through platforms such as Skype or Zoom. However, there have been concerns in relation to the balance that needs be struck between proceeding with cases to promote the welfare of children and protecting the interests of the parties and witnesses and their right to a fair trial

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