REMOTE HEARINGS: ARE THERE “TWO NATIONS” OPERATING WITHIN THE COURT SYSTEM (OR MORE THAN THAT…)
The ability of the courts to proceed using remote hearings has to be celebrated. Sometimes, however, it is interesting to contrast the very real technical difficulties being experienced by county courts up and down the country with what appears to be much less problematic position in commercial cases. We can see this in the judgment of Mr Justice Teare in National Bank of Kazakhstan the Republic of Kazakhstan v The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV London & Ors  EWHC 916 (Comm). (I don’t think we should begrudge the Commercial Court its ability to do these without a technical hitch, it is just a marked contrast to some of the issues being reported in other courts).