Justice, the courts and Covid-19: the need for the judiciary to innovate 

19 July 2021

A virtual event presented by the IBA Judges' Forum on 2 July 2021

To view a recording of the webinar:

Access to the recording is free to IBA members and non-members, and is accessible at:  https://www.ibanet.org/conference-details/CONf2019#postEventContent 

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This webinar discussed how courts and judges around the world have reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic. It explored how they have adjusted their practices through the increased use of technology (including remote hearings and e-filing) to counteract the adverse impact on access to justice for litigants. Further, the webinar looked at what measures have been put in place where physical hearings have been unavoidable.

The webinar also discussed whether any innovations introduced during the pandemic will or should be retained, when the reopening of society around the world is possible.

The panel of speakers was global and comprised judges from trial and appellate courts across different systems around the globe.


Welcome remarks:

  • Hon Justice Dr Ngozika Okaisabor The Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja; Chair, IBA Judges' Forum


  • Justice David Barniville The High Court of Ireland, Dublin; Senior Vice Chair, IBA Judges' Forum


  • Justice Russell Coleman High Court, Hong Kong
  • Justice Sara Cockerill The High Court of England and Wales, Judge in charge of the Commercial Court of England and Wales, London
  • Hon Judge Colleen McMahon Judge of the United States District for the Southern District of New York, New York
  • Justice Nallini Pathmanathan The Federal Court of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • Justice Melissa Perry Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales