Will HMCTS put the hearing back into judicial hearings for the hard of hearing?
On Saturday, Leonora went round the gold Dalek and then made a beeline for the machines that measure time, each machine reflected an aspect of its creator.
Time is a strange concept to put into words, yet people exist within their own reality bubble.
Yet this is merely a segue to the reality check that was the last HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service) webinar about the use of remote hearings for judicial proceedings in the UK held nearly a month ago.
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It was a reality check because matters that would normally be consulted on, with the flaws worked out, it was not done that way round this time as carrying on with judicial hearings during the coronavirus crisis was seen as a priority.
The first set of questions and answers published runs to 14 pages which shows how (as anyone with any experience in IT will probably already know) you shouldn’t roll out something and make it live without proper testing first.
Pages 11-12 deal with questions raised about sign language and interpreters, but the questions cover crime, civil, family and tribunals jurisdictions.
However (much like the wide variety of different systems used for public meetings of local government bodies) all kinds of different and exotic software has been used so far.
Video conferencing software was never really designed for this use though so HMCTS will eventually be rolling out the Cloud Video Platform (abbreviated to CVP) to court and tribunal jurisdictions.
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