As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, delays in trial hearings and the prospect of packed court schedules later this year are raising concerns among law practitioners in the nation about whether justice will be fairly served during the COVID-19 era.

With the crisis showing no signs of slowing down, the outbreak has already exposed shortcomings in the justice system, prompting calls from legal experts for reforms to keep courts operational and effective during and after the pandemic. They worry aspects of the nation’s court system and its legal limitations may further hinder court proceedings, leading to hasty or incorrect rulings.

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