Consolidated courts and tribunals will ensure justice system continues

  • 27/03/2020

Good afternoon,

I have attached a letter from Susan Acland-Hood to inform you of a temporary change to the way in which courts and tribunals will operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As a result of the unprecedented challenges we are facing, we have significantly increased capacity for phone and video hearings to provide alternatives to face-to-face hearings. These will be used wherever this is suitable for the participants and for justice to be served. We have also implemented arrangements to ensure that essential work is prioritised.

In order to maintain a core justice system through the next months of the current public health emergency we are now taking further action to consolidate the work of our courts and tribunals into fewer buildings for the duration of the crisis.

These plans have been developed in close partnership with the judiciary and others in the justice system.

Please read the attached letter below from Susan Acland-Hood for further information.

HMCTS Communications

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