If you have extremely serious and urgent legal matters to resolve, you will be reassured to know that, even if court intervention is required, we are still able to deal with them rapidly, in spite of Covid-19 restrictions and the tremendous pressure that court staff and judges are under as a result.
I was instructed on Monday, by the director of a business, on a case that needed urgent intervention. By Wednesday an application for an injunction had been lodged with the court. By 3pm the following day (Thursday) a hearing had been listed for 10am today (Friday). The team was able to get important documentary and video evidence before the judge via a file sharing platform. The hearing went ahead by telephone and the injunction order was granted half an hour later.
It is clear that civil court judges and court staff are much busier than usual. But the widespread use of telephone and video hearings has, in some respects, made the Court Service more agile, for example:
- it has been able to use criminal judges with significant commercial law experience to hear applications and trials in commercial matters (many find themselves less busy than usual due to adjournments); and
- Judges are embracing technology, such as use of digital only evidence, saving time and cost for everyone involved, particularly our clients.
If you need assistance with any legal matter in these extremely challenging times, do not hesitate to get in touch.