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Short Update: Majority of UK solicitors believe remote hearings are unsuitable for vulnerable defendants

FairTrialsAdmin - September 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

More than 80% of UK solicitors believe that remote hearings are unsuitable for vulnerable defendants, according a new report by the Law Society. It argues that the government’s emergency measures to allow remote hearings, introduced in the Coronavirus Act in March 2020, disproportionately impact vulnerable people.  

The Law Society make a number of recommendations, including deciding on a case-by-case basis whether to postpone hearings where the potential harm of having a remote hearing outweighs the urgency of the issue. They also call for publication of the factors used to decide whether a hearing should be permitted to go ahead remotely. 

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