Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar, said: “We question why this Justice Committee evidence session is being held in private when the technology to access it online is clearly available. We know that other Select Committees are broadcasting their evidence sessions live this week. In times of crisis, transparency and connectivity are more important than ever, particularly when it comes to the justice system and those involved in its operation. Across England and Wales, barristers, judges and other court users have adapted rapidly to the urgent need to conduct court hearings and cases remotely, without sacrificing open justice. The operation of the Justice Select Committee must be equally open and transparent. It is crucial that evidence like this is freely and easily accessible to all at this significant point.”