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Coronavirus impact on courts and tribunals

Covid-19: Impact on courts and tribunals

A summary of how HM Courts and Tribunals Service will function during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since 30 March 2020, a network of priority courts and tribunals (42% of the courts and tribunals across England and Wales) remain open for essential face-to face hearings during the pandemic.

In general terms:

  • The use of telephone, video and other technology will be used for remote hearings where possible.
  • For jury trials, all new trials will be postponed for a short time to allow the courts to make arrangements and to allow space to manage existing trial.
  • Crown Courts are only covering urgent work.
  • All ongoing housing possession action has been suspended.
  • Magistrates’ courts are only covering urgent work.

If you would like more information in relation to this article or any of the matters raised above, please contact Dominic Holden at dominic.holden@burlingtons.legal. This article is provided for general information only and is not intended to be nor should it be relied upon as legal advice in relation to any particular matter.

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