Simon Wilkinson, Parklane Plowden
The Covid-19 pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Within the courts and tribunals service there has been a plethora of guidance since March 2020 which continues to be disseminated. This article attempts to draw together the current position in respect of the guidance on remote hearings, the need for proportionality and the impact both on the lawyers and the clients that we represent of the remote world. As the dark winter nights gives way to the light at the end of the tunnel, in many ways the struggle has only just begun as the Family Court attempts to make its way through the backlog caused by the pandemic. The tension between ensuring a fair system and one which remains fit for purpose will require all family justice users to adapt in the months and years ahead.