THE ONLINE COURT: A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE

In Bi -v- Mohammed [2016] EWHC 506 (Fam) today Mr Justice Holman gives an insight into the future of the on-line court, commenting on the problems with evidence by video link.

EVIDENCE BY VIDEO LINK

  1. There were long periods during which the video link could not be established, and on several occasions, after it had been established, it abruptly terminated. I was told by the mother’s counsel, Mr Hassan Khan, that one of the reasons for that was the most basic, that the electricity kept on turning off in the premises in which the mother was viewing the video. There may be a range of other technical difficulties as well, including the weakness of the Wi-Fi signal in the location where the mother was situated. I was told that realistically, to obtain a good video connection, the mother would need to travel to Lahore, but she lacks the means and funds with which to do so.
  2. I am frankly very doubtful indeed whether a fair, just and effective fact finding hearing could have taken place this week, if only because of those technical difficulties and breakdowns.

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