‘Strange days’: How environmental lawyers are facing the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus outbreak is posing a challenge for environmental lawyers – from court activity slowing down to the practicalities of caring for children while practising. Gareth Simkins investigates.

As with many environmental professionals, lawyers are now largely stuck at home due to the coronavirus crisis – posing as much a challenge for the exercise of justice as does for looking after children while schools are shut down.

On Wednesday, it was announced that trials in English and Welsh crown courts would no longer proceed if they are expected to last more than three days and have not already been listed. No such order has yet been given for magistrates’ or civil courts. Similar measures have been made in Scotland, while in Northern Ireland judges have been told to allow adjournments if necessary and not to require “the attendance of persons who do not need to be there, or who express individual concerns”.

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