Remote hearings

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

Lawyers call for planning system to 'catch up' with rest of UK

Lawyers have called for Northern Ireland's planning system to "catch up" with the rest of the UK by introducing remote hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 April 2020

England: Remote courts not ready for criminal trials with juries

Remote courts technology is not ready for criminal trials with juries, the head of the Criminal Bar Association in England and Wales has said.

Published 23 April 2020

Workplace Relations Commission launches consultation on remote hearings

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has launched a consultation on remote hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 20 April 2020

First remote hearings begin in the Supreme Court

The first-ever remote hearings in the Irish courts began in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning as part of a pilot of the new technology.

Published 20 April 2020