The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought about a fast and widespread transition to remote hearings while participants were unable to attend court or tribunal buildings. The results have been mixed, depending on factors such as the complexity of the hearing, how much live evidence needs to be given and whether any vulnerable parties/witnesses are involved.

In December 2021, the HM Courts and Tribunals Service published an evaluation of remote hearings, reflecting on some of the concerns raised. And this year (2022) it will be transitioning to a new video hearing service, which includes virtual consultation rooms and built-in guidance for court users.

It is currently at the discretion of the judges whether a case is suitable...

Mark Solon
Managing Director & Solicitor
Wilmington Plc

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