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Courts not ready for post-COVID world

Friday, 10 July 2020

Professor Tania Sourdin on legal systems in the post-COVID world.

Prof Tania Sourdin

Despite an advance in assistive technologies, new research has indicated that the world’s courts and legal systems are not equipped to handle post-COVID ways of working.

Two university law professors analysed responses from the justice system and the courts around the world to the coronavirus pandemic and found they are “far from ready” to cope with the new ways of working due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

Victoria University Professor John Zeleznikow and University of Newcastle’s Law School dean Professor Tania Sourdin found most digital tools now in use due to these restrictions are remaining in the “more rudimentary tiers” of technological change.

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