The Chinese Taipei Chapter of the IAWJ Discussed Remote Hearings after the Launch of our COVID-19 Webinar Series

Last month, the IAWJ hosted an important webinar discussion regarding how Courts in different countries are responding to COVID-19. Four IAWJ members presented different initiatives aimed at ensuring justice during the pandemic.

Given the time difference, not every member of the Chinese Taipei Chapter of the IAWJ participated in the webinar. The association recapped footage from the webinar at its board meeting followed by a fruitful discussion on many issues arising from COVID-19, such as the increase in domestic violence cases during the pandemic, how Courts are continuing operations while maintaining safety measures, how to make remote hearings meet the requirement of public hearings, and whether remote hearings are safe for a child or victim, etc.

The webinar provided us with an effective and safe platform for sharing our experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to the upcoming discussion on Judicial Responses to COVID-19 in Prisons and Other Custodial Settings.

Taipei High Administrative Court conducted remote hearings

The current pandemic necessitates the use of remote hearings wherever possible. In Taiwan, court buildings currently remain open, the objective is to undertake hearings remotely so as to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

This blog post was prepared by Judge Hui-Yu Lin. The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.