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Ep6: Is video justice remotely fair?

Remote justice is designed to enhance efficiency but it can also disadvantage vulnerable defendants
Alexandra Kimmons
18 Aug 2022

The pandemic saw an uptick in the use of remote technology in justice processes, with everything from legal advice in police stations to court hearings suddenly taking place online. The use of technology allowed practitioners to keep calm and carry on despite restrictions, but now that lockdown has ended, questions remain about the future of video technology in our justice system and its impact on fair trial rights.

Penelope and Rob are joined by Dr Natalie Byrom, Director of Research at the Legal Education Foundation, and Stephen Davies, defence solicitor at Tuckers, to discuss the potential dangers of video technology and if (and when) it should be used in the future.

Dr Natalie Byrom @NatalieByrom
Read Natalie’s work on tribunal judges’ experiences of remote justice in the pandemic here.

Stephen Davies @sdavieslaw
View Stephen’s bio here.

Further resources
Read Transform Justice’s research into magistrates’ experience of remote justice here and our relevant blogs here.
Read the HMCTS Evaluation of remote hearings during the pandemic here.

The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.