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Short Update: Lawyers in Malta argue for introduction of virtual court hearings

FairTrialsAdmin - May 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

The Chamber of Advocates in Malta have urged the government to introduce virtual court hearings, saying it’s a zero-risk alternative. Criminal proceedings before courts, except for most urgent cases, have been suspended since mid-March.   

Remote hearings have recently been adopted before the Appeals Board and Planning Authority in Malta, with “positive feedback” form the practitioners in terms of efficiency. The Chamber called for adoption of similar system for court hearings, adding that the public nature of the proceedings could be preserved by allowing live streaming of the hearings or providing links to different hearings to members of public or media.   

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