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Short Update: Law Society, the Bar Council, and Criminal Bar Association in UK consider ways of starting jury trials

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

On 23 April 2020, the Law Society announced that it, together with the Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association has joined a working party set up by the judiciary to consider how to start jury trials as soon as it is safe to do so. 

In a separate report, the President of the Criminal Bar Association, Caroline Goodwin QC said that remote jury trials are not appropriate. She pointed to the lack of appropriate technology to ensure that defendants are actively engaged, and the lack of a "controlled and managed" environment to ensure the safety and integrity of juries. 

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