JUSTICE submits consultation to Scottish Government – Human Rights Principles and Options for Solemn Trials during Coronavirus

In JUSTICE Scotland’s view, during the strict lockdown period, it is not realistic to conduct any solemn trials requiring the physical presence of persons in the court room, whether with a jury or with a judge alone. Trials necessarily involve individuals travelling to court and remaining there for some time interacting with others. These features increase the length of time and opportunities during which people are potentially exposed. In our view, it would only be appropriate to hold trials during lockdown if this can be done remotely.

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