Delivering justice during the COVID-19 pandemic

The judiciary in UK are quickly adapting their ways of working to deliver justice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday 24 March 2020 was the first time the First-tier Tribunal – FtT used video technology, which had previously only been piloted in the Chamber by a judge from home without support from the Video Hearings Team. During the two-and-a-half-hour hearing, Judge Βarbara Mosedale found the technology stable throughout, with no loss of signal, and parties adapted well to the new procedure. Judge Mosedale says:

“Both parties treated the hearing seriously and acted much as they would have done in a face-to-face hearing. They seemed grateful to have been given the option of a video hearing instead of postponement because of the pandemic. If each participant has a laptop or desktop computer with a camera, broadband, and a paper or e-bundle, video hearing technology allows a hearing in the FtT Tax Chamber to proceed. We are in the process of arranging further hearings during the coming weeks.”

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