Are The Courts Still Hearing Cases Remotely?

Our family legal update ‘Coronavirus – How will this affect my Court case in the Family Court?‘ deals with the changes the Courts have had to make to ensure Court Hearings in the Family Courts can still go ahead.  Remote Hearings are continuing. There are many benefits of remote Hearings but also some disadvantages.

What are the advantages of Court cases being heard remotely?

What is the potential downside of Court cases being heard remotely?

What steps can be taken to ensure a remote Hearing progresses as smoothly as possible for you?

What is the future of remote Hearings?

Remote Hearings will continue for the time being. There are a number of Courts that remain open for those Hearings that are not considered appropriate for remote Hearings.

In the future, Remote Hearings by video or by phone are likely to continue for simple Hearings. It is difficult to say whether they will continue for other Hearings such as Final Hearings.

There are still adjustments to be made to make remote Hearings more effective. A two-week rapid survey on how remote Hearings were working was conducted in April 2020. The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has now announced a further survey of how remote Hearings are working.

Is Mediation being carried out remotely?

The suitability of Mediation has to be considered prior to issuing certain Court applications. Mediation sessions are mostly being carried out online. The benefits of online Mediation are flexibility, no travelling and parties feeling safe. However, in some cases Mediation online is not suitable e.g. if a party is not experienced with technology. In those cases, face-to-face Mediation can take place provided the government Covid-19 guidelines are followed.

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Please note that this article does not constitute legal advice. You should always speak to a legal professional to discuss your circumstances and consider your options.