In May 2020, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) sought feedback on the measures put in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We responded to the rapid consultation on 20 May. The report is currently expected by 5 June.
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?