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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 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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