Who’s responsible for the cost of setting up a remote hearing?

Is there any guidance on who’s responsible for the costs involved in setting up a remote family hearing?

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has issued guidance on telephone and video hearings.

Where costs relate to individual cases, the cost of setting up a remote hearing can be claimed as a disbursement.

However, if a firm purchases a licence to access a specific conferencing facility or platform, this is an administrative cost for the firm and not an individual disbursement.

If a client incurs additional costs to enable them to participate in a remote hearing – for example, additional data charges – these may be claimed as an individual disbursement.

For more information, see the government’s guidance on remote family hearings.

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