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Short Update: Prisoners in the Czech Republic given access to Skype so that they can continue to contact their lawyers during the pandemic

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Access to a lawyer

On 14 March 2020, the Czech Government issued a government decree which prohibits visits to prisons, detention centres and correctional centres during the COVID-19 pandemic, but allows legal representatives to visit their detained clients. 

As of 16 April 2020, prisoners of all Czech prisons and detention centres have been provided with technical equipment supporting private Skype calls between prisoners and their legal representatives. This measure was a part of a long-term plan originally aimed to cut costs associated with travel which has been accelerated in order to reflect current health concerns and minimize the risk that prisoners will not be able to connect with their legal representatives during the pandemic. 

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