Judge and lawyers consider impact of Coronavirus on Meng Wanzhou extradition hearings

31st Mar 2020


Canadian Crown prosecutors and lawyers for Meng Wanzhou met via teleconference on Monday 30 March with Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes to discuss options for moving ahead with Ms Meng’s extradition hearings despite the social distancing measures introduced in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Holmes heard legal arguments from both sides over the course of a four day hearing in January of this year. She had reserved judgment at the adjournment of that hearing and stated in this most teleconference that she does not intend for that judgment to be released in the near future.

Lawyer’s for Ms Meng conceded that when that judgment is handed down, it would not be necessary for Ms Meng to appear in person if the decision went against her; she would only need to be present if the court found in her favour.

Justice Holmes adjourned proceedings until the next case management hearing on 27 April 2020 which will also be conducted remotely.


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