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The Remote Family Access Family Court – what have we learnt so far

Speech by Mr Justice MacDonald

On 21 May 2020 Mr Justice MacDonald, Deputy Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, delivered a speech to the International Academy of Family Lawyers Webinar.

In the speech Mr Justice MacDonald sought to set out the benefits and difficulties encountered in endeavouring to create a remote access family court in this jurisdiction as a means of mitigating the impact of the current public health emergency. He stressed that such successes as there have been with remote hearings during this period of crisis should not be taken as establishing a settled mode of remote operation for the family courts that will apply without more after the resolution of the current COVID-19 crisis.

For the speech, click here.

For articles relating to various aspects of remote hearings, see the articles section of Family Law Week.