Barrister, Carl Fender adapting to new government measures and hearing court cases from home.

People working in the legal profession have expressed anguish at the new remote ways of hearing a trial.

Coronavirus has affected nearly every walk of life and that now includes the working of the courts and the trials that are taking place inside them. It started with the consolidation of courts and Tribunal buildings and the measures have now closed the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future.

Barrister Carl Fender has been working from home and has expressed how he thinks that the new system, while modern and smart, is not going to be as efficient as physical trials.

Since 30 March 2020, we have had priority court and tribunal buildings open for essential face-to-face hearings. Our court and tribunal buildings are divided as follows:

  • open courts – these buildings are open to the public for essential face-to-face hearings
  • staffed courts – staff and judges will work from these buildings, but they will not be open to the public
  • suspended courts – these courts will be temporarily closed

Information from : GOV.UK

The affects of coronavirus are said to be putting a real strain on the legal system. Documents are now being filed electronically which some people working in the legal profession find difficult to access.


With technology being as advanced as it is most trials are able to go ahead without a hitch. However, questions have been raised about the confidentiality of the conferencing hearings and measures have been put in place to protect all parties’ private information.

“only a fraction of the work that needs to be done is being done”.


The use of Skype type video–conferencing hearings have had a slow and not particularly efficient take-off in courts such as the Family Court. A lot of barristers and court officials such as Carl Fender were sceptical. Mr Fender, thinks that “only a fraction of the work that needs to be done is being done”.

Nearly every member of society is living in a new online world in the present and many legal professionals are predicting that the majority of court cases that are considered minor will continue to go ahead online after lockdown is lifted.