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Short Update: Remote hearings in the UK 'remove valuable visual cues' for people with learning disabilities

FairTrialsAdmin - June 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

A case in England in which a family court judge refused to appoint an intermediary for an individual with learning difficulties has raised questions about the accessibility of remote hearings for all parties. Reviewing the decision, Lord Justice Jackson of the Court of Appeal reflected that for individuals with a learning disability, remote questioning can be challenging and removes many visual cues which can assist differently-abled individuals' understanding. The Lord Justice commented that the court must adapt to the needs of the parties involved to ensure that individuals are properly able to participate in hearings.  

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