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English Courts remain open for business in the face of COVID-19

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English Courts remain open for business in the face of COVID-19

COVID-19 is challenging every aspect of our lives, including how we litigate in the English courts. This briefing offers an update on recent guidance and some practical workarounds, which we hope will be helpful.

“The rule of law is absolutely fundamental to our democracy. We are, though facing an unprecedented public health emergency, and that means that though justice must continue, it cannot continue as if nothing has changed.”

What does this then mean for organisations who are party to litigation in the English courts, or will be?

Our court system has seen a significant investment in recent years, undoubtedly there is more to be done, and court users, the judiciary, and court staff are likely all wishing that we were further into the technology journey than we are. That said, we have a court system, which for the majority of commercial litigation in which most clients are involved, will cope. It is therefore very much a case of business as usual.
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