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Short Update: Draft law on remote criminal proceedings in Germany draws criticism from judges

FairTrialsAdmin - May 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

draft law has been published in Germany that proposes to give courts powers to order video hearings at their own discretion, even without the consent of those involved. This draft law has been subject to criticisms, including from the chair of the Bavarian Judges’ Associationwho has stated that the complete that the complete transfer of criminal proceeding to the virtual world is "neither possible nor sensible". In particular, concerns have been raised about the reliability or the technology for facilitating such hearings and the impact of judges being able to observe parties to the hearings properly. 

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