The NSW Public Defenders are seeking to collect and maintain an objective record of the experiences of criminal lawyers under the temporary COVID-19 emergency procedures to inform the profession, the courts and the government about:
How the emergency procedures are, and are not, working during the crisis;
How the emergency procedures are impacting upon the rights of accused persons including the right to a fair trial;
How any procedures are affecting the safety of lawyers and others employed in the criminal justice system; and
How any procedures are affecting the safety of people in custody.
This information will be important to the ongoing management of the crisis and to addressing any proposals to extend any of the emergency measures into ongoing practice after the crisis.