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Frontline justice workers appear some way from sharing the lord chief justice’s enthusiasm for remote hearings, with reports of logistical problems, detriment to clients and exhausted lawyers.

Lord Burnett of Maldon last week said there would be ‘no going back’ to pre-coronavirus days and gave his sense that practitioners and judges would demand greater use of remote hearings in future. He was careful to say virtual justice was not suitable in all cases – and that new systems developed in recent weeks had caused particular problems for litigants in person – but also noted that many had found the changes more convenient.

Lord Burnett largely echoed the views of his IT adviser Professor Richard Susskind, who wrote in the Financial Times earlier last week that anecdotal evidence indicated that most remote hearings had gone well under lockdown. 


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