The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is seeking feedback on the measures put in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In order to report back by late May 2020, the rapid consultation is taking place from Friday 1 May to Friday 15 May.

The aim of the review is to:

  • provide an overview of how current measures are working (especially the swift expansion of the use of remote hearings)
  • offer practical recommendations to inform the ongoing response to COVID-19.

The review hopes to gather feedback from court users, including the following questions.

  • What is working well about the current arrangements?
  • Which types of cases are most suited to which type of hearings and why?
  • How does the experience of remote hearings vary depending on the platform that is used?
  • What technology is needed to make remote hearings successful?
  • What difference does party location make to the experience of the hearing?
  • How do remote hearings impact on the ability of representatives to communicate with their clients?
  • How do professional court users and litigants feel about remote hearings?
  • How is practice varying across different geographical regions?

Get involved

To take part in the review, you can:

  1. submit published material to a literature review
  2. complete a survey on remote hearings aimed at court users, or
  3. join a remote consultation meeting on 11 May.