Richard Harwood QC and Steph David made a ‘virtual’ appearance for a local planning authority in a judicial review matter concerning development plan policies and flooding risk today. The hearing was before Mr Justice Dove.
“Our headline point is that the court system is making a concerted and commendable effort to make sure hearings proceed and go ahead as smoothly as possible. It is the sort of effort and ingenuity which will get us through this.
Before running through some considerations, there is now a protocol regarding remote hearings, which we strongly recommend reading and can be accessed here.
We have pulled together a list of considerations, which are hopefully useful:
Whilst current tragic circumstances have forced the current arrangements upon us, remote hearings in at least some cases could be the future; and we have to say, whilst we will miss the itchy wigs and gowns sliding off our shoulders, there are benefits: