Hm Courts Tribunals Service
From Friday 24 April 2020 we are issuing weekly updates on our operational position and well email our subscribers each Sunday evening with a reminder. On Monday mornings well also publish a link to the weekly update on Twitter.
You can see our previously issued daily operational updates.
Follow us on @HMCTSgovuk to also check for daily or urgent updates.
Well keep this under review.
HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 18 May 2020
Next weeks update will be issued on Friday 22 May 2020.
- We have many online court and tribunal services available to professional users and members of the public. These remove the need to contact us by phone, email or post.
- We have comprehensively assessed risk to staff and users and are ensuring the safety of anyone who comes in to our buildings by applying published court and tribunal coronavirus safety controls. These have been endorsed by Public Health England and Public Health Wales.
- Were consolidating the work of courts and tribunals into fewer buildings. Some building are open to the public, some buildings are staffed but are not open to the public, and some buildings are temporarily closed. The list was updated 11 May 2020.
- Where courts and tribunals are closed, well contact parties directly to confirm new hearing arrangements. Well contact those parties whose hearings were scheduled to happen first, and work our way through the list as quickly as possible. Please be patient while we do this, and avoid making contact if you can.
- The Kinly Cloud Video Platform (CVP) is initially being rolled out to 60 magistrates courts and 48 crown courts currently open to the public, with others to follow as soon as possible. It is also being introduced to the Civil and Family courts. Please see our updated telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak and a guide on how to join a telephone and video hearing
- Weve published guidance on how to join a CVP hearing and instructions for downloading Skype for Business in order to join a court hearing.
- Were continuing to avoid physical hearings and arranging remote hearings wherever possible. Anyone who requires technical support for a telephone or video hearing can call 0330 8089405
- Our Courts and Tribunals Service Centres will be available from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Fridays until further notice.
- Our South East region will only be taking calls between 10am to 2pm in all jurisdictions (with the exceptions on the next line)
- Chelmsford, Norwich, Ipswich and Basildon Crown Courts are temporarily unable to answer calls. The recorded message will advise you what to do
- Weve introduced temporary new hours in our Scotland contact centre.
- Welsh Language services available during the coronavirus outbreak.
- The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon has announced that new jury trials will start in a few courts week commencing 18 May 2020. This followed discussions with the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP.
- Crown Courts are dealing with a range of work, much of which is being done remotely. This includes sentencing hearings and all urgent applications including applications for bail and applications to extend custody time limits. Pre-trial preparation hearings and further case management hearings are also taking place
- Magistrates courts are covering urgent work, custody trials, and police traffic prosecution cases, which are being with remotely under the Single Justice Procedure. Other trials, particularly for domestic abuse, are being listed for hearing following rigorous case management by judges and legal advisers.note of listing in magistrates courts during coronavirus outbreak . The Judiciary have published a
- We are making plans to start high priority sentencing cases, particularly for domestic abuse offences, and DVPOs
- All questions about paying an outstanding criminal court fine should be sent to our National Compliance and Enforcement Service at NCESBCT@justice.gov.uk or call 0300 123 9252
- Family courts business priorities.
- Family court C100 (child arrangements) guidance.
- Guidance on replacement of affidavits with statements of truth in non-contentious probate processes
- Coronavirus contingency arrangements for Family Law Act injunctions.