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Short Update: Report addressing impact of COVID-19 on Law and Human Rights in the UK

FairTrialsAdmin - July 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer, Remote Justice, Prisoner releases, Prison conditions

The University of Essex has released a multidisciplinary report addressing the questions COVID-19 raises for the theory and practice of law and human rights. Its chapter on “Access to Justice” includes a discussion on criminal justice between Donald Nicolson, Director of the Essex Law Clinic and Professor at the School of Law and Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, and Jago Russell, Chief Executive of Fair Trials. The authors discuss remote access to legal representation, remote hearing in both England and Wales and Scotland as well as extended exception to the hearsay rule in Scotland to cover witness who cannot be in court. They argued that any decisions about long-term changes to criminal justice systems should be based on evidence rather than convenience or cost-savings.  

Another chapter of the report discuss arbitrary detention in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic – addressing among other early release and inadequate prison conditions. 

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