While much of UK life ground to a halt in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government sought to keep the wheels of justice turning. To achieve this while also ensuring compliance with public health guidance on social distancing and associated legal restrictions, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has relied extensively on remote hearings, generating a significant experiment in digital justice as a consequence. HMCTS was already in the process of an extensive, expensive, and controversial digital transformation project, but the arrival of the coronavirus in the UK caused a dramatic shift from conventional justice processes to remote hearings in a matter of days.

This seminar will examine this shift and discuss the first round of PLP’s research in this area.


  • Rachel Jones, Blackstone Chambers
  • Jack Maxwell, Public Law Project
  • Jo Hynes, Public Law Project
  • Professor Grainne McKeever, Ulster University
  • Other speakers TBC


This is a free event – but if you can, please donate to PLP’s work here!

If you have any enquiries, please feel free to email Amélie Godfrey.


Please note that all registrations are processed individually by our Events team. Please allow up to 1 business day to receive confirmation. All joining instructions will be sent 24 hours before the start of the seminar.



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