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Remote court hearings putting vulnerable women in traumatic situations ‘which place them at unjust disadvantage’

This article in the Independent outlines some of the issues raised by remote court hearings. It starts:

Remote court hearings introduced to cope with the coronavirus crisis are putting vulnerable women who face losing their children in traumatic situations, which puts them at an unfair disadvantage, experts warned.

Campaigners said women who face having their children put into foster care or put up for forced adoption are sometimes having to do court hearings via telephone or video call rather than in person.

Frontline service providers warned women who have suffered domestic abuse whose abusive partners are trying to get access to the children or force the courts to give them sole custody are also being hindered by remote court hearings. Read More