Remote Hearings: Business as Usual?


Date(s): Monday 6 April 2020 and Thursday 9th April 2020

Time(s): 10:00am and 3:00pm

Topic: Remote Hearings: Business as Usual?

The Covid-19 pandemic has already had far-reaching consequences, one of which is that remote working has become the new normality and will continue as such for the foreseeable future. In that spirit, the senior judiciary have recently announced that all future civil hearings should be conducted remotely wherever possible.

Strictly speaking, the ability of the court to conduct remote hearings is nothing new; CPR 3.1(2)(d) has always permitted the court to hold a hearing and receive evidence by telephone or by using any other method of direct oral communication and Annex 3 to Practice Direction 32 contains guidance for the use of video conferencing in civil proceedings. Nor is the technology that would enable a remote hearing to take place particularly novel (the telephone was first patented in 1876, three years after the creation of the High Court and Skype has been offering free videotelephony for nearly 15 years). However, in practice, the courts have been slow to depart from conventional in-person hearings.

In consequence, practitioners and the court are rapidly having to adapt to a new and somewhat alien way of conducting hearings.
In this remote seminar, members of our commercial and insolvency teams will share their expertise in preparing for and managing effective remote hearings and will explore the following specific topics:
  • Case Management – What steps should the parties be taking in advance of a remote hearing to ensure that it can be effective?
  • Electronic Bundles – How do the parties go about preparing an electronic hearing bundle? And what should be in it?
  • Remote Hearings – What are the methods for conducting a remote hearing? Who is responsible for organising them? How do they work in practice? And are all cases capable of being dealt with remotely?
  • Practical Realities – We will share some practical tips based on our experiences of remote hearings. There will also be the opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their thoughts.

        The seminar will take place on Monday at 10:00am and 3:00pm and will be accessible via a link to Guildhall Chambers’ Microsoft Teams online software.

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