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Short Update: UK not doing enough to keep defendants and defence lawyers safe during COVID-19 outbreak

FairTrialsAdmin - April 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Delayed or accelerated proceedings, Access to a lawyer

The UK cancelled all Crown Court trials in March, and it has issued guidance on the use of remote hearings to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. There has, however, been criticism about the lack of clarity on hearings at magistrates’ courts, and no guidance at all on what should happen in police stations. There are concerns about the lack of due consideration given to the health and safety of defence lawyers and others at the ‘front-line’ of the criminal justice system.  

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