The use of technology has allowed for the continuation of justice in remote proceedings during the pandemic, but this comes with a variety of concerns. What dangers does undue interference during remote hearings pose to digital justice? What mechanisms are in place to secure adequate representation for defendants and ensure their engagement during proceedings? And what effect do remote hearings have on public perception of justice and actual outcomes?
Our guests address the inconsistencies that arise in virtual proceedings—from defendants’ understandings of what is occurring during trials, personal connections and confidentiality between lawyers and clients, to the ability of judges to assess situations before them, as well as the technological capabilities of all parties. Penelope Gibbs will especially discuss fairness and the rights that may be in peril in remote hearings, while the challenges of remote proceedings for individuals in detention will be discussed with David Anderson.