Covid-19 brought ‘seismic’ change to justice system, committee hears – The Irish Times

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a “seismic” change in how justice is administered in the State, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Legal representative groups and academics told the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee the pandemic has accelerated some changes around remote hearings, but also has raised significant logistical issues and potential pitfalls in accessing justice promptly.

Michele O’Boyle, the president of the Law Society, told the committee the introduction of remote hearings in April “marked a seismic shift in the manner in which justice is administered in the State”.

“Recent months have seen a remarkable fast-forwarding in the adoption and implementation of technology right across the profession,” she said, which is likely to be permanent “as many traditional ways of doing business are unlikely to ever return”.

Ms O’Boyle added that the use of technology, and the introduction of a legislative framework to facilitate remote hearings “paves the way for the

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