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Judiciaries Around the World: Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact across the globe. Court systems were not spared the tragic loss of lives and institutional disruptions. Countries hard hit by the virus were forced to close courthouses for extended periods, offering only limited services. By the spring of 2020, judiciaries around the world rallied to adapt to the constraints imposed by the pandemic and implemented a broad range of strategies, most of which leaned heavily on increased use of technology for remote court proceedings.



In this two-part webcast, judges from nine countries discuss their courts’ experience during the pandemic. Part One features judges from Australia, Brazil, Egypt, the Philippines, and the United States describing their efforts to continue court operations. In Part Two, judges from Bulgaria, France, India, Nigeria, and the United States discuss the process of adapting to virtual court proceedings and how their criminal justice systems worked to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the prisons.

Part One (25:35)


Part Two (27:10)