The lockdown response to Covid-19 has impacted severely on the Northern Ireland courts and tribunals system.

Access to Justice: The Courts and Covid

Access to Justice: The Courts and Covid

The lockdown response to Covid-19 has impacted severely on the Northern Ireland courts and tribunals system.

The normally busy court corridors, the face to face court hearings, the close physical proximity of conversations between lawyers and litigants have been replaced by the need to ensure social distancing and to maintain safety for those using and working in the court system. Inevitably there have been difficulties in finding new ways to enable the wheels of justice to keep turning.

Evidence gathering on the alternative approaches that deliver remote justice has been swift and robust in relation to courts in Britain, but there has been no equivalent review of how remote justice is working in Northern Ireland.

This webinar brings together key perspectives on this ‘new’ system of justice, focusing on the challenges faced by judges, court staff, lawyers and litigants without lawyers, to understand better the impact on access to justice.

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