The 23rd March 2020 saw the UK enter “lockdown” following the outbreak of Covid 19. The subsequent imposition of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the decision to halt jury trials has led to a national discussion regarding the use of Diplock Courts and alternative methods during the “lockdown” period.
Niamh's article outlines the current position in respect of jury trials, the history of Diplock Courts and addresses the competing views as to their application during this period. The article also considers alternative solutions for the commencement of jury trials in those courts currently deemed ‘unsuitable’.
It can be accessed here: JURY TRIALS DURING “LOCKDOWN”: AN OVERVIEW