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COURTS MUST BE KEPT OPEN WITH REMOTE HEARINGS TO ENSURE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR ACCIDENT VICTIMS

John Beer, President of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) today urged European Governments to instruct their Justice Department’s to embrace technology to conduct remote hearings and take other measures to open up Courts to ensure continuing access to justice for all European citizens.

Mr Beer said today, “Court closures across Europe to combat the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in access to justice in many European Countries being severely curtailed.  Significant strain has also been placed on litigants whose ability to seek the protections afforded by their Country’s legal system are being frustrated daily”.

He continued, “Citizens have European Convention rights to a speedy resolution of disputes and with the exceptional technological advances in recent years Courts must continue progressing and ultimately hearing disputes”.

He added, “Court backlogs should not be allowed to increase because of the need for physical distancing. We have the technology to conduct many different types of hearings. Judges and Departments of Justice should be taking the lead in pushing for innovative solutions to reduce delays in the administration of justice.  At this time more than ever, those who have been seriously injured are in dire need of the financial compensation to which they are legally entitled. Further delays in resolving valid claims is causing further significant hardship and distress to many thousands of innocent victims and their families. More needs to be done as a matter of urgency to accelerate the resolution of claims through the courts.

The restriction of injury victims’ rights of access to the court system is an attack on their fundamental legal rights. PEOPIL is committed to the fight to ensure Courts remain open and justice is administered across Europe”.

 

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For further information, please contact :

John Beer PEOPIL PRESIDENT ,

EMAIL : beer@beeradvocaten.nl

WEBSITE :  www.peopil.com

When 14-05-2020