Remote hearings Training

Following on from our brief but successful webinar at the start of lockdown, the Association is now providing a training session giving practical guidance in managing remote hearings, on the morning of 27th February (weekend) and again on the morning of 8th March (weekday).

This has been designed for both inexperienced and experienced fee paid judges.

By the end of the session FPJs will feel more confident

  • in dealing with the technical and management issues associated with remote hearings
  • in delivering high quality, fair, hearings and decisions in the context of both remote and hybrid hearings
  • in taking up vacancies involving remote hearings as much as courtroom hearings.

The training will be delivered remotely (10am – 1pm) by a combination of short presentations on issues of importance, followed by discussion groups led by experienced tutor judges working through a case study and the various issues that present themselves.

Those experienced in remote hearings will be able to raise issues they have come across and those who have not conducted remote hearings, or have done so only occasionally, will be able to learn how to do so successfully.

The sessions have the support of both the Senior Presiding Judge and the Judicial College.

To sign up for one of the sessions, please e-mail:

Steven Gasztowicz QC at by  Friday 12th February 2021 stating

(1) which session you wish to attend (either 27th February or 8th March), (2) what office you hold (and whether in civil, family, or crime) (3) on which circuit/region, and (4) confirming you are currently a member of UKAFPJ.

Numbers will be limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.