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Short Update: UK Justice Secretary rules out judge only trials as solution to virus backlog

FairTrialsAdmin - April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

Speaking on the government's COVID-19 response, Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary, has ruled out the prospect of 'judge-only' trials in place of jury trials, which are currently on hold in England and Wales during the pandemic. The Justice Secretary stated that the use of judge-only trials would be 'disproportionate' and he commended the Scottish government for its 'change of heart' in moving away from the idea of  judge-only trials in favour of other options for the continuation of  jury trials under the social distancing regime.  

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