I couldn’t agree more with High Court judge Russell Coleman that the coronavirus pandemic offers a unique opportunity for our judiciary to examine seriously how court hearings may be held remotely with the use of modern telecommunication technology when appearances by people in court become hard, if not outright impossible.Remote hearings aren’t unprecedented in Hong Kong – only that they&… Remote hearings aren’t unprecedented in Hong Kong – only that they’re either not part of our system for administering justice or limited in scope. […] It nevertheless marked the beginning of the use of live communication links in court hearings. So, it was only timely that Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes appealed for an expansion of the use of technology to allow court hearings to be conducted remotely since it’s unlikely for the current pandemic to come to an end very soon. […] It is hoped that Ma and Cheung can raise our world-class judicial system to a new level of modernity with the help of the state-of-the-art technology available today.
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