Legal Matters

How The Law And Order Changed During COVID19

COVID-19 set the world into chaos from 2019 to 2021. It was two years of discord caused by the outbreak of one of the deadliest viruses on the planet. What was prevalent was the change in the economy. The social sectors were heavily hit, thus affecting the economic standing of many corporations and organisations. Rectifying the problem involved many initiatives like working from home. However many were unable to keep their jobs in spite of this. Blue collar workers, especially, were often retrenched to lessen the costs and keep the company operational. Travel industries, too, suffered immensely as borders closed to contain the virus which spreads through air and physical touch. One of the lesser acknowledged industries is that of law, and how it shifted to accommodate the pandemic. Law is one of the most fundamental pillars of society and therefore it is no surprise that, while it is a theorised practice, it experienced drastic change as well.

The Use Of Virtual Hearings For Trial

Because of the extent of the pandemic, countries had to resort to taking their court cases online. Through virtual hearings, judges, arbitrators and adjudicators were able to communicate with the clients, parties and plaintiffs to reach a decision. While this affected many aspects of communication and interaction, many of the proceedings had to take place this way to avoid enabling the disease. Many courts set up virtual hearing rooms on platforms like Zoom, and once a verdict was reached (these were oftentimes very small matters) the matter would be resolved with as little in-contact interaction as possible.

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The Laws That Guided COVID-19 Strategy

The spread of the disease happened so quickly that new laws had to be set up in the moment of the pandemic. Several bills were passed in order to accommodate the people in a way that didn’t jeopardise their health and that of others. For instance, some policies instated stated that vehicles could only carry a certain number of passengers at a time. Or that travel restrictions were to be placed for certain states, provinces and countries. These laws are passed down by legislation and are enforced by the police as soon as they are formalised. While we now have a better understanding of the disease, and with the vaccination roll-out, the law is not passing down policies at such an expedient rate.

Emergency Tactics In Place

In many countries, in the case of emergencies, the president is given the power of rule which allows them to essentially set down policies and laws without having them voted on in the legislature. This is to expedite the process for the good of the state. While there are limitations to this rule and it is only evoked in special crises, the years of 2019 and 2020 saw a vast increase in the use of this to stifle the pandemic. Many decisions were up to the state leaders.