5,000 virtual court sessions, improved virtual court capabilities and positive support for a hybrid approach to virtual courts announced by the Courts Service.
Upgraded virtual court technology opens up options for witness cases.
Friday 21 May 2021; One year after virtual courts were first introduced the Courts Service is reaching a milestone of 5,000 virtual court sessions and at the same time announces improvements to virtual court platform, Pexip. Virtual Courts as adopted and used by the Courts Service, the Judiciary, practitioners and the various agencies involved in the courts system, provided a much needed alternative during the pandemic to ensure courts stayed open and safe, allowing certain business and cases to continue to flow through the system. As restrictions ease and an increased number of in-court cases can be heard, viable options to ensure that important court business is put beyond the reach of Covid-19, continue to be very important.
The Courts Service is pleased to announce the roll out of Pexip Infinity as part of the virtual court platform for appropriate cases. This will allow the hearing of cases involving more witnesses and affidavits to be heard. Many Personal Injury cases could benefit from this new technology. Speaking about the upgrade President of the High Court, Justice Mary Irvine said “The Courts Service now has available an additional tool for remote hearings, Pexip Infinity, which addresses many of the concerns raised by parties when contemplating witness actions taking place remotely”
Courts Service CEO Angela Denning has said, “There are areas of court work that are opening up more because of the lifting of government restrictions particularly around travel. This includes increased numbers of family law case being listed, probate personal applications, and some witness cases in the High Court. Our priority continues to be keeping courts open and safe and as long as social distancing is in place we will have to manage the numbers of people in our buildings”