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Court hearings held remotely in lockdown disadvantage vulnerable people and should not be used longer term, lawyers and charities have said.

Since the pandemic broke earlier this year, the number of virtual hearings held in England and Wales has increased five-fold.

But family law practitioners said video and phone calls were not suitable for some sensitive cases.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service said it would consider court users' feedback.

Incidents to have raised concern to lawyers include:

  • Defendants using mobiles to access hearings

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