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How will the justice system withstand the coronavirus pandemic?

When courts close more fully, consequences will reach every corner of society

By Jake Richards  

Robert Buckland QC (centre) poses for a photo with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon (left) and Master of the Rolls Terence Etherton. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Archive/PA Images

This week, as pubs, restaurants and theatres closed across the country after the prime minister announced new precautions in an attempt to delay the spread of Covid-19, 114 barristers, dressed in wigs and gowns, were paraded through parliament celebrating their appointment as Queen’s Counsel. The ceremony is the culmination of decades of hard work to reach the pinnacle of the legal profession. A global pandemic…

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