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Short Update: Dutch court rejects applications to be heard in person

FairTrialsAdmin - April 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

In the context of the COVID19 crisis, the judiciary has instructions to hear defendants by telephone. However, judges are allowed to deviate from the instructions on the grounds of special circumstances. In a hearing on 18 March, one of the first held under the new instructions, the applicant's lawyer disagreed with the hearing of the applicant by telephone and asked to hear the applicant personally in the institution where he is staying, or alternatively by means of a video connection. The judge refused and decided to continue with the telephone hearing, on the grounds that it had already been set up. The lawyer challenged the judge’s impartiality and applied for recusal, but this was rejected.

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