The Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent 25 March and is at www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7.

The Law Society’s Coronavirus advice and updates are here.

The Bar Council’s Coronavirus advice and updates are here.

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and courts around the world are closing, Remote Courts Worldwide was launched 30 March. It has been designed to help the global community of justice workers – judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists – to share their experiences of remote alternatives to traditional court hearings.

On Prof Roger Smith’s Law, Technology and Access to Justice blog, an article by Dr Simon Davey for the legal advice sector on Getting through this and moving forward – learning and sharing in a time of coronavirus.

“The abiding impression left by the government’s Initial Response to the Online Harms White Paper Consultation is that it is half-finished” says Graham Smith in Online Harms Deconstructed – the Initial Consultation Response.

The Inside HMCTS Blog gives insights into how HMCTS is developing “digital justice”; see recently the post on Improving the way organisations access and manage civil, family and tribunal cases.

Open Info & Ideas is a new blog from Judith Townend on accessing information and the law and policy that governs it; most recently see her post on what remote court hearings mean for open justice.

The Law Society Small Firms Division has an article by David Fleming, chief technology officer at Mitigo, with advice on cybersecurity when working from home.

 

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