Legal analysis of international good practices in conducting remote hearings in court proceedings (the Council of Europe perspective)

dr hab. Marek Świerczyński, prof. ucz., dr Zbigniew Więckowski

The Commission of the Council of Europe – European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) at its plenary meeting on 16 – 17 June 2021 adopted new guidelines on the conduct of remote hearings in court proceedings. The guidelines include the basic principles that states and courts should follow to ensure that videoconferencing is compatible with the right to a fair trial guaranteed by Article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. The present analysis contains selected examples of good national practices concerning videoconferencing used in court proceedings.