HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has published a report evaluating the use of remote hearings during the covid-19 pandemic, which has raised concerns about the use of remote hearings in certain circumstances.

Over 8,000 public users, members of the judiciary, legal representatives, HMCTS staff, intermediaries/support professionals and observers were surveyed. 180 also took part in in-depth interviews.

The report revealed that jurisdiction heavily influenced the likelihood of attending a hearing remotely; most Crown and magistrates’ court users attended in-person (87 per cent and 91 per cent respectively), wh...

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