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Key Resources

Organisations across the world have responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to criminal justice systems by producing a diverse range of research, toolkits and monitoring activities. There is a growing wealth of resources documenting these unprecedented times and offering different perspectives on responses. This page will be updated regularly. Send us more key resources at [email protected].

Impact of COVID-19 on courts

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Remote Criminal Justice Proceedings, 30 March 2020- GUIDE  

(Europe) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU - Fundamental Rights Implications - Bulletin 1 (Overview and Country Reports), 7 April 2020 - REPORT 

(Europe) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU - Fundamental Rights Implications - Bulletin 2 (Overview and Country Studies), 28 May 2020 - REPORT 

(Global) International Commission of Jurists, The Courts and COVID-19, 5 May 2020 - REPORT 

(Europe) European Commission For The Efficiency Of Justice (CEPEJ), Lessons learnt and challenges faced by the judiciary during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 June 2020 - REPORT 

(Europe) Council of Europe, National judiciaries' COVID-19 emergency measures of COE member States, 2020- TRACKER  

(UK), Courts and tribunals tracker list during coronavirus outbreak, 2 April 2020- TRACKER 

(UK) HMCTS and CPS Coronavirus crisis protocol for the effective handling of custody time limit cases in the Magistrate’ and the Crown Court, 27 March 2020- GUIDE 

(UK), HMCTS and MOJ, Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation, April 2020- GUIDE 

(Spain), Illustrious Bar Association of Madrid, COVID-19 Sector guide Human Rights Section, April 2020- GUIDE (In Spanish) 

(Global) Trial International, Justice in the time of coronavirus, May 2020- REPORT 

(Europe) Fair Trials, Beyond the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for defence rights in Europe, June 2020, GUIDE

(Europe) Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL), Justice and Challenges in Times of Pandemic in Europe, 1 June 2020- REPORT

(Scotland) Law Society Scotland, Report on the Feedback on the Experiences of Virtual Custody Courts by Scottish Solicitors, July 2020- REPORT 

 

COVID-19 & defence rights 

(USA) Jenia Iontcheva Turner, Texas Tech Law Review, Remote Criminal Justice, October 2020 - PAPER 

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Blanket refusal to access a lawyer, May 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Access to effective legal assistance, May 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Confidentiality of client-lawyer communications, May 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Access to the case file, May 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Access to interpretations services, May 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Europe) Fair Trials, Safeguarding the right to a fair trial during the coronavirus pandemic: Access to a lawyer- Access to remedies, May 2020- TEMPLATE 

(Global) PILnet, Legal Resources: COVID-19, 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES 

(US), The Justice Collaborative Institute, When every sentence is a possible death sentence: Public defenders speak from the front lines about COVID-19, 20 April 2020- REPORT 

(UK) Civil Justice Council, The impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system, May 2020- REVIEW 

(UK), Equality and Human Rights Commission, Inclusive justice: a system designed for all, 22 April 2020- REPORT 

(Europe), Council of Europe, Respecting democracy, rule of law and human rights in the framework of the COVID-19 sanitary crisis, 07 April 2020- TOOLKIT 

(UK), University of Essex, Covid-19, Law and Human Rights: Essex Dialogues, 1 July 2020, PAPERS 

(Europe) Fair Trials, Beyond the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for defence rights in Europe, June 2020, GUIDE

(Europe) OSCE, OSCE Human Dimension Commitments and State Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic, July 2020, REPORT 

(UK) JUSTICE, Exploring the case for Virtual Jury Trials during the COVID-19 crisis – an evaluation of a pilot study conducted by JUSTICE, 2020 – REPORT/PROJECT 

 

COVID-19 & detention 

(UK) Prison Reform Trust, How prisons are responding to Covid-19, October 2020, REPORT 

(US) National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, Impact Report: COVID-19 and Jails (focus on jails’ population), 2 September 2020 – REPORT

(US) National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, Impact Report: COVID-19 and Prisons (focus on COVID-related deaths and cases in prisons), 2 September 2020 - REPORT

(Europe) Fair Trials, COVID19 crisis: Template application for the urgent release from pre-trial detention, 2 April 2020- TEMPLATE  

(Global) OMCT and SOS-TORTURE, Building our response on COVID-19 and detention, 15 April 2020 – GUIDE 

(Europe) Council of Europe, Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times: An evaluation of the short-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations, 18 June 2020- REPORT 

(Europe) European Prison Observatory, COVID-19: What is happening in European prisons? 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES 

(Global) World Prison Brief, International news and guidance on COVID-19 and prisons, 18 March 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES 

(Global) CO:LAB, COVID-19 and Persons Deprived of Liberty Information Hub, 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES 

(Global) ICNL and ECNL, COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker, 2020- TRACKER 

(Global) Penal Reform, Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison, 16 March 2020- BRIEFING 

(UK) Ministry of Justice, Guidance for intermediaries during the Covid-19 pandemic, 23 April 2020- GUIDE 

(Global) Association for the Prevention of Torture in partnership with OSCE-ODIHR, Guidance: Monitoring Places of Detention through the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- GUIDANCE 

(EU) European Parliamentary Research Service,  Coronavirus and prisons in the EU, 22 June 2020- REPORT 

(Europe) JUSTICIA, JUSTICIA Statement: Rights Behind Bars During COVID-19, May 2020- STATEMENT 

(US) UCLA, UCLA Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project, March 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES 

(Spain), Illustrious Bar Association of Madrid, COVID-19 Sector guide Human Rights Section, April 2020- GUIDE (In Spanish) 

(Global) UNITAR, UN COVID-19 Preparedness and response in places of detention: Information package, 2020- INFORMATION PACKAGE 

(Global) Human Rights Watch, Announced Releases of Detainees in the Justice System Due to COVID-19, May 2020- TRACKER

(Global) International Committee of the Red Cross, COVID-19: Preparedness and response in detention, April 2020- LIST OF RESOURCES  

(Europe) Council of Europe, Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, 20 March 2020- STATEMENT

(Italy) Antigone, Prison in the time of the Coronavirus. XVI Antigone report on the conditions of detention, 21 May 2020- REPORT 

(Global) UN, Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19 Coordinated Appeal, 28 March 2020- REPORT 

(Global) United Nations, Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, April 2020- PROTOCOL 

(Global) Dignity, Reducing Overcrowding in Pre-Trial Detention and Prison in the Context of COVID19, 23 June 2020 

(Global) Open Society, The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic, July 2020 – BRIEFING PAPER 

(Europe) Fair Trials, Beyond the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for defence rights in Europe, June 2020, GUIDE

(Europe) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – fundamental rights implications, July 2020- REPORT 

(US) The New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count, 2020 - TRACKER 

(US) The Marshall Project, How Prisons in Each State Are Restricting Visits Due to Coronavirus, 17 March 2020 (updated 18 August 2020) - TRACKER 

Policing COVID-19 

(Europe) JUSTICIA and Fair Trials, JUSTICIA calls for action against disproportionate COVID-19 criminalisation, May 2020- STATEMENT  

(Europe) European Network Against Racism, COVID-19 impact on racialised communities: interactive EU-wide map (including police abuse), 12 May 2020- TRACKER  

(Spain) Rights International Spain, The Implementation Team of the International Decade for People of African Descent in Spain, The COVID-19 health crisis - Racism and xenophobia during the state of alarm in Spain, 2020- REPORT  

(UK) Big Brother Watch, Emergency powers monthly reports , 2020- REPORTS/TRACKER  

(UK) Policing the Corona State blog - https://policing-the-corona-state.blog/ - REPORTS/TRACKER 

(Europe) FIPRA, Europe COVID-19 Tracing App Tracker - May 2020- TRACKER  

(Global) New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Overview of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps, 12 May 2020 - REPORT 

(Global) Privacy International, Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19, 2020- TRACKER 

(UK) Metropolitan Police, FPNs and COVID-19 Enforcement Report, 28 May 2020- REPORT 

(UK), Doughty Street Chambers, Summary guide to coronavirus offences in England, 14 May 2020- GUIDANCE 

(Europe) Amnesty International, Policing the pandemic: human rights violations in the enforcement of COVID-19 measures in Europe, 24 June 2020 - REPORT 

(Belgium) Police Watch, Abus policiers et confinement, Juin 2020- REPORT 

(Global) A4ID, The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises, July 2020- REPORT 

(Europe) Fair Trials, Beyond the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for defence rights in Europe, June 2020, GUIDE

(Europe) OSCE, OSCE Human Dimension Commitments and State Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic, July 2020, REPORT 

(England & Wales) Leaders Unlocked, Policing the Pandemic, July 2020, REPORT 

(Europe) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – fundamental rights implications, July 2020- REPORT 

(Europe) Fair Trials, COVID-19 surveillance: guide for lawyers, August 2020 - GUIDE

(Global) Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, 2020 – TRACKER

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