Virtual Court Hearings


1. Have you had first hand experience of a virtual court hearing? *


2. Are you a judge, solicitor, barrister, party, expert witness or other (please specify)?


3. What was the nature of the hearing?


4. How many parties were involved?


5. Overall on a scale of 1 to 5, how well do you think virtual hearings managed to deliver as fair a hearing as would have been achieved in person? (1: just as fair to 5: much less fair)


6. What IT platform did the court use?


7. Were you given an opportunity for a trial run with the software in advance of the first day of the hearing?


8. On a scale of 1 to 5, how easy to use did you find the virtual meeting software (1: very easy to 5:very difficult)?


9. On a scale of 1 to 5, how often during the hearing did the sound or picture quality deteriorate so as to hamper communication (1: Never to 5: almost continuously)


10. During the hearing which of the following participants were “on camera”?

AlwaysOnly when speakingIntermittentlyNever
The judge
The parties
The parties’ solicitors
The expert witnesses

11. On a scale of 1 to 5, how easy did you find it to use an electronic trial bundle (1: very easy to 5: very difficult)


12. On a scale of 1 to 5, how did the size of the trial bundle compare with what would have been prepared for a traditional hearing (1: much smaller 3:the same size 5: much larger)


13. On a scale of 1 to 5, how likely do you think it will be that the experience of virtual hearings during the “Lockdown” will result in them being used increasingly often after social distancing restrictions are lifted (1:very likely to be used much more frequently than before to 5: very unlikely to continue to be used at all)?


In what ways do you think the virtual hearing could have been improved?


14. Please leave any other comments here