REMOTE HEARINGS IN FAMILY CASES: A STUDY WORTH READING (BUT PERHAPS NOT ON THE SCREEN…)
In a remarkably quick amount of time the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has produced a “rapid consultation” Remote hearings in the family justice system. It is available on a link here.
The report is worth reading in full. One point I want to look at here is the issue of tiredness and fatigue arising from remote hearings.
The report was written in response to a request from the President of the Family Division. The consultation ran for a two-week period from 14 to 28 April 2020 and well over 1,000 people responded.
The results show both positive and negative aspects. People are glad not to be travelling, for instance. However there has been a major theme running through many responses that “virtual” hearings are much more demanding and tiring on all those involved.