Trial by Skype

27 Mar 2020

Most lawyers have, at some stage in their career, reflected on the importance of access to justice. Not until recent days, however, have we had to consider it as an existential matter.

Covid-19 has tried hard to shut down our justice system. Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, it became apparent to me as the beleaguered Attorney General of flattened Anguilla that physical access to courts and tribunals was a rule of law issue which went much wider than the arid writings of Dicey.

In fact, it challenged the whole of our democratic governance and political economy. Technology came to our aid.

Last week, sitting as a judge in the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Mostyn heard a welfare case to determine whether it was in the b...

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