Chancellor of High Court gives speech on course of B&PC post coronavirus (COVID-19)

Chancellor of High Court gives speech on course of B&PC post coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Chancellor of the High Court, Rt Hon Sir Julian Flaux CHC, has made a speech to the Civil Justice Conference on the future course of the business and property courts (B&PC) following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In it, Flaux reflects on the impact of the pandemic, particularly in relation to the emergence of remote hearings. The advantages and disadvantages of remote court work is assessed, with a particular focus on its impact on witness testimony. Flaux advocates the continued use of technology in some instances, but warns it is not appropriate in all cases. He also cautions that it has the potential to allow informality to creep into court proceedings and prevent junior counsel from receiving the same level of exposure and training as occurred before the pandemic.

Source: Speech to the Civil Justice Conference - The future shape of business and property litigation after the pandemic

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