77 more courts in England and Wales to close – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in budgets, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, live link evidence, news, ombudsmen, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation scheme that is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 13th September 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court modernisation “undermining access to justice”, lawyers tell MPs – Legal Futures

‘Criminal and civil lawyers have spelt out to MPs on the justice select committee a catalogue of ways in which court modernisation is undermining access to justice.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Call for curbs on Lord Chancellor’s power over online rule committee – Legal Futures

‘A future Lord Chancellor could impose “quite radical changes” on the court system unless changes are made to the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill, peers have warned.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 16th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Court service starts another video hearing pilot running – Legal Futures

‘A pilot enabling domestic abuse victims to take part in hearings by video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office has begun running in Manchester.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 10th May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judges, police and lawyers warn MPs over court modernisation – Legal Futures

‘Judges, justice campaigners, academics and others have raised wide-ranging concerns about the government’s ambitious court reform programme in evidence submitted to MPs.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 9th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Divorce to be wholly online “within months” – Legal Futures

‘Every family law practitioner will have felt the effects of court modernisation in their daily practice within a year, with the remaining parts of the divorce process moving online within months, the president of the Family Division has declared.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 8th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Family courts next to test video hearings – Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2019 in consultations, family courts, judiciary, live link evidence, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A test in the family courts will be the next step in exploring fully video hearings, against a backdrop of widespread concern about the technology among judges, it has emerged.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 28th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judges reject MoJ plans for trials by video link and warn against cuts – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2018 in budgets, courts, judiciary, live link evidence, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Judges have rejected radical Ministry of Justice plans to hold full trials via remote video hearings and warned that imposing deep cuts on staff numbers will render the courts system “unworkable”.

Full Story

The Guardian, 20th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder: First International Forum on Online Courts – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder: First International Forum on Online Courts.’

Full speech

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 6th December 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov

Speech by Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales: The cutting edge of digital reform – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales: The cutting edge of digital reform.’

Full speech

Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd December 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

County court to test video hearings in year-long pilot – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2018 in county courts, internet, live link evidence, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A year-long pilot to hear applications to set aside county court default judgments by an internet-enabled video link will begin at the end of this month.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

What does the Proposal to Introduce Trial-by-Video Link Mean for Justice? – Rights Info

‘The government’s plans for court modernisation, under Her Majesty’s Courts, Tribunals Service Reform Programme (HMCTS), include the development of fully-video hearings, where all parties join via electronic links and no one is in a courtroom.’

Full Story

Rights Info, 9th October 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 11th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Clearer rules needed in the UK to support customer authentication by video, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘New rules are needed in the UK to make it clearer that it is acceptable for banks to verify the identity of new customers using video technology.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 4th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Judges’ intervention prompts video-link rethink for youth cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in courts, judges, live link evidence, news, young persons by sally

‘A senior judge has shed light on the push by the government to conduct court proceedings via video despite widespread concerns.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 12th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Video Link Evidence in the Commercial Court: Potential Pitfalls – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the 21st century commercial practitioners often approach the question of whether the court will hear evidence by video link as one of practicality. Questions they will commonly ask themselves include the following: will the witness be in London during the trial timetable? Will the witness be able to find time (and obtain consent from a current employer) to fly to London? Where physically could the video evidence be given and is that a suitable location? How sure can the court be that the witness is not receiving clandestine assistance “off-camera”? How secure is the video link and what is the sound and picture quality? Indeed in preparing a case that involves a number of witnesses who live and work overseas the possibility of live video evidence may well feature in trial preparation as a necessity rather than an option.’

Full story

Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Vicar jailed after dying abuse victim gives evidence through eye-tracking software – The Independent

‘A retired vicar who abused a choirboy more than 35 years ago has been jailed for four years after his victim gave evidence through eye-tracking technology that translated his blinks into words.’

Full story

The Independent, 11th March 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rolf Harris to appear at trial via video link, judge rules – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2016 in elderly, live link evidence, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Former TV entertainer Rolf Harris will not have to attend his sex attack trial in person because of his age and health, a judge has ruled.’

Full story

BBC News, 15th December 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord Chief Justice: public should decide if Islamic veil should be allowed in court – Daily Telegraph

“The most senior judge in England and Wales says a public consultation will open on the ‘divisive’ subject soon.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord Chief Justice suggests using Skype and FaceTime in courts – The Independent

“Video-call technology such as Skype and FaceTime could be used to allow criminal defendants to take part in court hearings from home, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said. In his first press conference, the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said the use of such applications could reduce the cost of hearings held in the run up to a trial.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk