LittleLaw Looks At…How the courts have operated through lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has made measures such as social distancing mandatory, resulting in a sudden reduction in face-to-face hearings and an implementation of Remote Hearings. These changes were part of a long arduous process of bringing the Courts into the 21st century, shifting from paper-based to a digital system, as part of the Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals (HMCTS) Reform Programme. This crisis initiated real progress and did what various initiatives previously could not.