Ellen Peart

Access to Justice under Coronavirus Lockdown: Update on Emergency Measures

This information is correct as of 5pm 24th March 2020.

Emergency measures in relation to the UK Justice System are developing every day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New trials are currently paused so that safety measures can be put in place in courts, but the Government has made it clear that, where possible, proceedings should take place using live audio link and live video link (together ‘live link’). Accordingly, the Coronavirus Bill (‘the Bill’) which is currently progressing through the House of Lords aims to widen the scope for delivering ‘digital justice’.

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Publication of revised Code for Crown Prosecutors: A steer in the right direction or a missed opportunity for radical change?

BCL Partner, Ellen Peart and associate David Hardstaff, consider recent revisions to the Crown Prosecution Service’s Code for Crown Prosecutors and ask whether more needs to be done to reform charging practice if the challenges facing the criminal justice system are to be met.

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