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Short Update: UK Civil Justice Council report on remote justice in civil cases finds disproportionate impact on people with low incomes

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Court closures, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

The Civil Justice Council has published a review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the civil justice system, particularly the swift expansion of the use of remote hearings. 

The report considers the “significant and rapid” changes in the operation of the civil justice system: new guidance authorising the use of remote hearings has been published, priorities for listing have been created and practice directions authorising the extension of time limits and suspending possession hearings have been issued. 

The report notes that measures mandated by the pandemic have reduced the availability and accessibility of legal advice, with the impact of reductions in advice disproportionately affecting those on low incomes.  

It found an under-investment in facilities, technology and staff at the County Court level, and the lack of availability of bespoke platforms for video hearings, which caused problems for court users. Almost half of all hearings in their sample experienced technical difficulties, with little or no technical support to deal with the issues. 

Remote hearings are only recommended when the issue is “likely to be less contested” and where both parties are represented. 

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