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Short Update: Defendants more likely to be jailed in video hearings, UK study warns amid rise of remote justice

FT Admin - May 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Access to a lawyer

It has been reported that researchers from the University of Surrey have found that individuals whose cases were handled remotely are more likely to be jailed and less likely to have legal representation. The research was carried out before the Covid-19 outbreak and examines over 600 video and in-person hearings at magistrates' courts in southeast England. The research was published on Monday and holds particular relevance given the increased implementation of video hearings during the pandemic.

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