Online hearings remain a relatively new phenomenon and can be confronting for judicial officers and participants. The following resources outline some tips on how to run online hearings:
There is now an increased focus on the judicial officer's obligation to ensure that participants in the court process, including witnesses and complainants, are treated fairly.
We have created and curated resources to help judicial officers understand and meet this obligation.
Equal Justice Bench BookThis bench book provides a profile of Western Australia and provides detailed information on various forms of diversity, including religion, disability, age, culturally and linguistically diverse background, gender, sexuality and First Nations identity, and practical information on removing or reducing any form of disadvantage or inequality in a manner that is fair to all parties.
Equality before the Law Bench BookProduced by the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, this bench book provides information on how First Nations, cultural and linguistic diversity, religious affiliation, disability, gender, sexuality and age identities may be relevant to a person’s experience of court proceedings.
Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and TribunalsThese national standards recommended by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity aim to promote procedural fairness for witnesses or participants who require interpreters, and a better working relationship between courts, the legal profession and the interpreting profession.