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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

Some activities in the following sections on this website are funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020): Legal Experts Advisory Panel, Defence Rights Map, Case Law Database, Advice Guides, Resources, Campaigns, Publications, News and Events. This content represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. It cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.