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Committee hears from legal experts on access to justice during COVID-19

30 June 2020

The Constitution Committee holds its eighth evidence session on its inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19. The Committee hears from James Sandbach of Law Works, Carol Storer OBE of Legal Action Group and Cris McCurley of Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

Background

The Committee's inquiry was launched to consider the significant constitutional implications of the pandemic and the Government’s response to it. This includes the ability of Parliament to hold the Government to account, scrutiny of emergency powers and the operation of the courts.

Witnesses

Wednesday 1 July at 10.30am

  • Cris McCurley, Partner, Ben Hoare Bell LLP
  • James Sandbach, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Law Works
  • Carol Storer OBE, Interim Director, Legal Action Group

Possible questions

  • What are the benefits, risks and challenges of remote hearings for courts and tribunals?
  • What issues do remote hearings raise for inexperienced users of courts and tribunals?
  • What impact has COVID-19 had on the need for access to and availability of free legal advice?
  • What is your view on the possibility of removing the need for juries in some types of case to address the backlog in the justice system?

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