Speech by Master of the Rolls on key effects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Speech by Master of the Rolls on key effects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published the speech by the Master of the Rolls at the London School of Economics. The speech entitled ‘Recovery or Radical Transformation: the effect of Covid-19 on Justice Systems’ analyses the key effect of coronavirus (COVID-19) on justice systems. There were two key approaches discussed—one was to resolve the disputes of the future and secondly to reform the processes that are used to achieve a solution.

It suggests that as a whole there was not much impact to the justice system in England and Wales, mainly because of the civil courts quickly adapting to a remote working routine for most types of cases, allowing proceedings to continue, despite the pandemic coming before the HM Courts & Tribunals Service reform programme being in full swing. As a key conclusion in the speech, it is mentioned that a ‘vast bulk’ of civil disputes, employment, tribunals, and private family disputes are amenable to a streamlined online dispute resolution process.

For more information, read the full speech here.

Source: Speech by the Master of the Rolls at the London School of Economics – Recovery or Radical Transformation: the effect of COVID-19 on Justice Systems

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