Remote hearings

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

Concerns about recording of remote family law hearings 'must be weighed against' continuing justice

Concerns that parents could secretly record remote childcare hearings "must be weighed against the importance of cases continuing to be heard", a leading family lawyer has said.

Published 3 June 2020

Planning system to pilot remote hearings within four to six weeks

Northern Ireland's Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has announced plans to pilot remote hearings in selected cases within the next four to six weeks.

Published 2 June 2020

Planning system 'lagging badly' behind rest of the UK

Northern Ireland's planning system is "lagging badly" behind the rest of the UK in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by failing to introduce remote hearings, construction industry groups have said.

Published 28 May 2020

Death sentence handed out via Zoom call

A drug trafficker has been sentenced to death in Singapore in a remote court hearing held using Zoom.

Published 20 May 2020

Physical court sittings strictly limited to two hours per day

Physical court sittings have been limited to a maximum of two hours per day while the Courts Service seeks clarification on health advice given to the Oireachtas.

Published 20 May 2020

Interim care order granted in first remote District Court hearing

An interim care order for an unaccompanied child victim of trafficking has been granted in the first-ever remote hearing of a District Court case.

Published 14 May 2020

Some divorce cases to begin being heard in remote hearings

A number of undefended divorces are set to be heard via remote hearings under a new pilot in Belfast.

Published 13 May 2020

Divorces granted remotely in 'quantum leap to 21st century'

The granting of divorces in remote court hearings for the first time in Irish legal history has been welcomed as a "quantum leap from the 19th to the 21st century for courts, lawyers, judges and court users".

Published 12 May 2020

Law Society raises concerns about remote courts technology

Concerns have been raised by the Law Society of Ireland about the video-conferencing technology used to facilitate remote court hearings in Ireland.

Published 7 May 2020

Commercial Hub announces plans for remote hearings

The practice direction underpinning the operation of the Commercial Hub of the High Court is being amended to allow for remote hearings, the commercial judge has announced.

Published 7 May 2020

England: Concerns raised over fairness of remote hearings introduced during lockdown

Concerns have been raised over the fairness of remote hearings in family cases, introduced during the lockdown, because of the difficulty for participants in reading each other's reactions.

Published 7 May 2020

High Court judge backs continued roll-out of remote hearings

More remote hearings should take place in the High Court as "a way of tiding us over until we get back to physical hearings", a senior judge has said.

Published 5 May 2020

Senior barrister in remote hearing forced to pick up phone in front of judges

A senior barrister was forced to pick up the phone in front of three judges yesterday, as courts continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic with remote hearings.

Published 24 April 2020

Jury still out on use of language interpreters in remote court hearings

Remote courts technology "may or may not" suit cases where spoken or sign language interpreters are needed, the Courts Service has said.

Published 23 April 2020