Remote hearings



Four bars warn against widespread use of remote hearings after Covid

Justice should continue to be administered in person after the pandemic, The Bar of Ireland, the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, the Faculty of Advocates and the Bar Council of England and Wales have said.

Published 4 May 2021

Pandemic led to 2,000 'lost' WRC adjudication hearings

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) held 2,000 fewer adjudication hearings last year than it otherwise would have due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 26 April 2021

Supreme Court waiting times at 'historic low' after Covid year

The Supreme Court ended 2020 with its lowest waiting times in memory and no backlog of cases following a year of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 14 April 2021

Lawyers unmuted without their knowledge on Monday

Some lawyers were unmuted in remote court hearings without their knowledge on Monday due to a technical problem, the Courts Service has said.

Published 14 April 2021

High Court: Judge orders remote hearing under new law despite objections from defendant

The High Court has ruled that a Commercial Court case will be heard using the remote hearing platform TrialView, despite objections from the defendant.

Published 12 February 2021

Family lawyers welcome commencement of 'game-changing' remote hearings

Family lawyers have welcomed the commencement of remote family court hearings this week.

Published 2 February 2021

Remote hearings 'not delivering access to justice' in family courts

Remote hearings are not delivering effective access to justice in Northern Ireland's family courts, research by an Ulster University academic suggests.

Published 18 December 2020

Scotland: Lawyers oppose entrenchment of virtual courts

Scottish lawyers have voiced their opposition to any entrenchment of remote justice following comments from the Lord President that Scotland's legal system will not return to the status quo.

Published 15 October 2020

Ursula Kilkelly: How remote court hearings present challenges for young people

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, from University College Cork, considers the impact of remote hearings on the legal rights of children under Irish and international law.

Published 31 August 2020

Criminal jury trials to resume as courts plan expansion of hearings

Criminal jury trials are set to resume in the Central Criminal Court later this month and in Circuit Courts by late August as the courts aim to increase the number of hearings following the COVID-19 crisis, Chief Justice Frank Clarke has announced.

Published 13 July 2020

First virtual planning hearing to take place next week

Northern Ireland's Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is set to hold its first virtual pilot hearing next week.

Published 25 June 2020

Tom O'Malley: The virtual jury trial experiment

Tom O'Malley, a law lecturer and barrister with expertise in criminal law, sentencing, criminal procedure and constitutional law, looks at an interesting English experiment in virtual jury trials.

Published 25 June 2020

Labour Court to rely on 'combination of physical and virtual courtrooms'

The Labour Court has said it will continue to rely on a "combination of physical courtrooms and virtual courtrooms" in the medium term.

Published 17 June 2020

England: Most lawyers involved in remote hearings satisfied with their experience

The vast majority of lawyers involved in remote court hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic in England and Wales are satisfied with their experience, a major survey has found.

Published 11 June 2020

Lord Chief Justice warns against 'misuse' of remote courts technology

The Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has warned against the "misuse" of remote courts technology following its use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 June 2020