In an urgent Message issued today, 19 March 2020, the Lord Chief Justice has issued guidance to all civil courts and tribunals on the administration of justice during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a time when licensing authorities are considering their own position with impending hearings, the following points are of particular note:
The full Message can be viewed below:
Following his article (link below) the same issue yesterday (18 March 2020), Gary Grant, Vice-Chairman of the Institute said: “Although not strictly binding on local authorities, this message from the Lord Chief Justice ought to be highly persuasive. Councils may wish to consider his guidance before deciding whether to adjourn further licensing hearings. I am aware of tribunals successfully using video-conference applications over the past few days, such as www.pexip.com, to hold contested hearings involving 3 tribunal Members, several parties, and 8 witnesses all of whom joined the hearing remotely using their laptop, mobile device or desktop computer by simply logging in to a secure website address. The technology is already there to make remote licensing hearings a realistic option. This will enable the licensing system to continue, even in the current climate. “
Read original article by Gary Grant: