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.
Lord Neuberger, former president of the Supreme Court, has criticised proposals included in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill. He declared, at Public Law Project’s annual conference, that “the argument that the government is concerned to protect judges from being criticised for being political is a convenient but unconvincing argument.”