Remote hearings – slipping back into the old normal after all that investment and experience

In response to his review of recent comments from the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, implying that courts will soon return to in-person hearings, Chris Dale provides some insight into how far we have come during the lockdown period with using technology to transition from in-person court appearances to remote advocacy.  Chris urges the reader to consider how we take the lessons of the pandemic to usher in a new area of technological practice.  And while many court proceedings do require in-person advocacy, we should take care to not blindly revert back to pre-COVID practices simply because.  Though these remote efforts were unwittingly forced upon many of us over the past year, they have uncovered new efficiencies in comparison to in-person hearings that can only help improve access to the courts and the conservation of resources.  Continue reading

Written by Chris Dale

eDisclosure Information Project. I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere

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