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Short Update: UK House of Commons Justice Committee investigates impact of COVID-19 on courts

FairTrialsAdmin - May 4, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Court closures

On 4 May UK House of Commons Justice Committee met to assess the impact of COVID-19 on courts and legal professions. The meeting was held after barristers had alerted the Bar Council that the system of justice has “ground to a halt” as social distancing and illness have caused court closures and delays. 

In the course of the hearing The Committee took evidence from professional bodies, non-for-profit organizations, legal professionals and the Ministry of Justice. A video record of the hearing is available on the UK Parliament’s website

On 14 April the Justice Committee held a similar meeting on the impact of COVID-19 on prison, probation and court systems. Full transcript of that meeting is available on UK Parliament’s website.  

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