2. Parties should be encouraged to have their FDRs done privately. Such private FDRs should routinely be done remotely. Most barristers’ chambers and solicitors’ offices have facilities to enable FDRs to be done remotely.
The default position for other
hearings is that they should be done either by Skype (Skype for Business
is available on all judicial laptops) or by telephone. The extension of
the existing virtual courts project is being actively investigated.
4. Physical hearing should only
take place where this is absolutely unavoidable.