Progress report- remote working in the Civil and Family Courts

Practitioners may be interested to read the letter to District and Circuit judges, sitting in civil and family cases, from the Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls and President of the Family Division.  You can read the letter here.

It is a helpful progress report on the experience of remote working, by both telephone and video-link.   It notes:

“Across all jurisdictions, around 40% of all hearings have continued, some in the traditional way, others using phone, video or the internet. It is easier to continue in this way with some types of court and tribunal cases than others. The overwhelming majority of those have not been long hearings involving difficult evidence or high emotion, and for obvious reasons.”

 

The letter does not refer to the experience of the Court of Protection, or to cases involving deprivation of liberty.