Remote Hearings: Risks & Opportunities for Effective Participation

Organised by Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland 

About this Event

As a result of the public health crisis, innovations in many forums of Scotland’s justice system have been fast-tracked to ensure continuity. In June 2020, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland published an inquiry into the experience of disabled accused in the criminal justice system which found that technologies such as video link could present barriers to an accused’s participation in proceedings. Our full report can be downloaded from our website.

Such issues are not unique to criminal justice proceedings and this free event brings together the best of Scotland’s justice, equality and human rights thinkers to compare current practices in different justice settings and to examine the risks and opportunities presented by the recent expansion of remote hearings.

This event will be of interest to civil and criminal legal practitioners, organisations which support court and tribunal users and to academics with an interest in access to justice issues. More information here.

Speakers include:

John Scott QC, Solicitor Advocate, President of the Society of Solicitor Advocates

May Dunsmuir, President of the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier tribunal for Scotland

Sarah Craig, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of Glasgow

Maria Galli, Legal Officer at Children and Young Person’s Commissioner for Scotland.

Please register your attendance here