YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD JUDGE NEW TRICKS: TECHNOLOGY “EMBRACE IT: IT WILL MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER”
In S (Fact-Finding)  EWFC 71 HHJ Jack sitting as a High Court Judge heard a case remotely. I will leave the analysis of his robust findings in the case – where the children were returned to their parents – to the family law bloggers (although I was tempted to include it in the “proving things” series. I will concentrate on that part that deals with the judge’s experience of the use of Zoom and Caselines. It is interesting to see his observations on the use of technology in court.
“I thoroughly recommend the experience. Embrace it: it will make your life easier. In case you are thinking that I am some young computer-whizz, that is certainly not the case: I am fast approaching compulsory retirement age, and am only moderately technologically aware. The system is very user-friendly, and saves time and effort.”
The judge had heard a fact finding hearing which was heard between the 18th May 2020 and the 29th July 2020. He found that the local authority had failed to prove its case. However, it is interesting to see the view that the judge took in relation to the use of technology.
SEEING INSIDE THE HOME
The judge commented on the benefits of a Zoom hearing where he was able to see inside.