Civil Justice Council report on the impact of COVID-19 on the Civil Justice System published

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Civil Justice Council report on the impact of COVID-19 on the Civil Justice System published

Published 9 junio 2020

The Civil Justice Council has published its report following the review of the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Civil Justice System.  The report notes the rapid expansion of the use of remote hearings, the fact that very few face to face hearings have taken place in April and May 2020, and the lack of consistency between the approaches of the different Court Centres and different Judges.

Whilst some technical difficulties were reported in over 40% of the hearings, over 70% of the survey’s respondents were positive about the benefits of remote hearings.  At present, face to face hearings are preferred to remote hearings by many respondents, but it must be borne in mind that the rapid expansion of remote hearings has been swift and that many of the teething problems faced should be ironed out as litigants and their legal representatives become more accustomed to remote hearings.

The review has been conducted by the Civil Justice Council at the request of the Master of the Rolls, with a view to its findings shaping the way forward for the Civil Justice System, both in the short to medium and in the longer term.

Whilst some Courts are now listing a small number of face to face hearings, it is clear that the Courts will need to continue to hold remote and partially-remote hearings in order to progress claims and clear the backlog of cases which the Pandemic has caused.

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David Williams

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