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17 July, 2020 Open access

Judicial College publishes interim guidance on good practice for remote hearings during coronavirus outbreak

Guidance sets out factors for judges to consider in deciding whether to proceed with a case remotely, and tips for ensuring that everyone can fully participate in remote hearings

The Judicial College has published interim guidance on good practice for remote hearings.

Following the launch of a revised and updated Equal Treatment Bench Book on 5 May 2020, the interim guidance - which has been produced by the Judicial College's Equal Treatment Bench Book committee - advises courts and tribunals judges on conducting fair hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance identifies a range of factors that judges might consider when considering whether to direct a remote hearing, including that -

In addition, the guidance sets out tips for conducting a remote hearing in a way that enables everyone to participate fully, which include -

The Judicial College's interim guidance on Good Practice for Remote Hearings is available from