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Coronavirus Update: Courts and Tribunals Operational Update

Posted by natalie_pearson March 31, 2020

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) released their operational update today (31st March 2020). You can sign up for daily updates from HMCTS here.

HMCTS operational summary 31 March 2020

We’re consolidating the work of courts and tribunals into fewer buildings – some are open to the public, some buildings are staffed but are not open to the public, and some courts are suspended and the buildings are temporarily closed.

We’ve published updated guidance on security, cleaning and social-distancing arrangements in court and tribunal buildings during the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve published updated guidance on use of telephone and video hearings to ensure the essential work of our courts and tribunals continue

Jury trials that are underway continue but there are no new jury trials

Crown Courts are only covering urgent work

Magistrates’ courts are only covering urgent work (overnight custody and people brought from prison). Magistrates’ court cases update; 31 March 2020

Civil court listing priorities Civil court listing priorities 31 March 2020

We’re continuing to avoid physical hearings and arranging remote hearings wherever possible

We’ve introduced temporary new hours in our Scotland contact centre. HMCTS Scotland contact centre opening hours 31 March 2020

The High Court is covering work according to the High Court Contingency Plan. The Court of Appeal is only covering urgent work. The High Court and Court of Appeal work update: 31 March 2020

The Royal Courts of Justice Fees Office has temporarily closed. Royal Courts of Justice Fees Office update: 31 March 2020

Judicial Office has published a number of important updates by jurisdiction

Please visit our GOV.UK page for all operational updates.