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Impact of COVID-19 on courts

Court closures, delayed proceedings and increased use of remote justice: COVID-19 has significantly affected the functioning of courts.

COVID-19 & defence rights

COVID-19 measures and restrictions have been having a serious impact on defence rights and have made it much more difficult for defendants to get a fair trial.

COVID-19 & detention

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the structural deficiencies and systemic inequalities in our prison systems, and the urgent need to reform them.

Policing COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, countries around the world have dramatically increased police powers, implemented new criminal laws and established widespread digital surveillance regimes

Key Resources

Organisations across the world have responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to criminal justice systems by producing a diverse range of research, toolkits and monitoring activities.

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COVID-19 Justice Project Newsletter

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