Ed Patton considers how the convenience of remote hearings must be balanced with open justice

In early 2020, asking someone if they could ‘set up a Teams meeting’ might have been met with blank stares and if a colleague has said they spent the weekend ‘on Zoom’, questions might have raised about their professional conduct. So quick was the move to conducting business on these and similar platforms that it is easy to forget how quickly this change has been adopted.

While individual legal practitioners will have their preferences regarding the use of these formats, it is clear expectations about their use have changed. In the court system, online hearings were prompted by necessity and now the courts find themselves with the unenviable task of balancing the needs of practitioners and parties, while fac...

Ed Patton

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