Kerry Underwood

JUDICIARY SLAMS VIDEO HEARINGS

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Kerry Underwood offers consultancy services in relation to this and other matters and details are here.

Judges have warned that cost-cutting is the reason for the government’s pursuit of video hearings, and that saving money is being put ahead of justice.

Over ten thousand judges and office holders responded to a consultation on the proposed reforms and over 800 attended local meetings.

Judges questioned the ability to maintain open justice and the viability of hearing contested evidence by way of video hearings.

The judiciary was also concerned about the loss of gravitas in proceedings, as well as security and confidentiality and the prospect of cases being recorded and posted on social media.

In a trial of video hearings in the First-tier Tax Tribunal in 2018, over one third of cases had to be abandoned because of technical problems.

Links to all of the responses are here.

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February 21, 2019 at 6:55 am

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