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Constitutional implications for Parliament and courts of COVID-19 – evidence session


The House of Lords Constitution Committee will hear from two leading Peers and a legal expert tomorrow (Wednesday 10 June) as it continues to explore the constitutional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee will hear from:

At 10.30am:

  • Lord Judge, Convenor of Crossbench Peers
  • Baroness Walmsley, Co-Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

Possible questions and topics of discussion include:

  • What are the benefits, drawbacks and challenges of virtual proceedings for the House of Lords?
  • How effectively has the Government engaged with Parliament during the pandemic?
  • Has Parliament been able to scrutinise adequately the Government's use of emergency powers during the pandemic?
  • What aspects of virtual or hybrid proceedings should be retained after the end of social distancing and for what purposes? 

At 11.15am:

  • Natalie Byrom, Director of Research, Legal Education Foundation

Possible questions and topics of discussion include:

  • How has the justice system coped in recent months?
  • What has been the impact of the pandemic on the number of proceedings taking place and the number adjourned?
  • What is the likely impact on the backlog of cases and how should that be addressed?
  • What is the impact of remote proceedings for legal professionals? 

The session will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

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