CAN A DEFENDANT ATTEND FINAL CONFISCATION HEARINGS VIA AUDIO/VIDEO LINKS DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN? YES, IF…

On 13 May, 5 St Andrew’s Hill Chambers published an article posing this question.  It says that disagreement and divergent approaches have been involved since the Coronavirus Act 2020 amended the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.  The article looks at the relevant case law and legislation and concludes that,  while defendants may not appear via live audio link, they may appear by live video link if the judge considers certain circumstances are met.

https://www.5sah.co.uk/news-and-events/articles/2020-05-13/is-it-permissible-for-a-defendant-to-attend-final-confiscation-hearings-via-audio-and-or-video-link-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-court-lock-down

 

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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