HMCTS: UPDATED GUIDANCE ON TELEPHONE AND VIDEO HEARINGS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
HMCTS has updated its guidance on telephone and video hearings during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance is available here.
- The decision to use telephone and video hearings
- Using existing technology and making new technology available
- The rules on using video and audio technology in courts
- New legislation
- Open justice
- Media access to proceedings
- Court and tribunal users
- Guide to joining an audio or video hearing
- Oaths and affirmations
- Communication between legal professionals and clients
- Prison to court video links and new video conferencing centres
- Video remand hearings (VRH)
HOW TO JOIN A TELEPHONE OR VIDEO HEARING
The guidance provide details with a guide on how to join a telephone or video hearing.
TAKING THE OATH OR AFFIRMING
The guidance also deals with the question of taking the oath or affirming in a remote hearing.
“If you are required to take an oath or to make an affirmation as part of a hearing that you are joining remotely, and would like to take an oath using a sacred object, we rely on you providing your own Holy Book or Scripture. You can also, if you wish, take an oath without a sacred object, if you consider it will still be binding on you. You can still choose to make an affirmation rather than take an oath, as you would in a physical courtroom. Regardless of how you choose to make this verbal statement of fact, you will be bound legally to tell the truth.”