Hong Kong courts in lockdown – how technology is helping with dispute resolution in the time of COVID-19

With remote working now the norm across all areas of business, courts and tribunals courts and tribunals have been developing innovative ways to keep the litigation process on track and do their best to ensure that justice is not unduly delayed.

In Hong Kong, the Judiciary has announced a greater use of video-conferencing facilities for remote hearings starting today, 3 April 2020. In its Guidance note, the Judiciary says that "remote hearings using video technology preserve most of the benefits of an oral hearing, allowing parties and their legal representatives to interact with each other on a real-time basis."

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