Detailed guide: HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Hm Courts Tribunals Service

May 15
17:32 2020

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.


  • 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.Magistrates' court cases update: w/c 18 May 2020 (PDF, 236KB, 1 page). The Judiciary have published a note of listing in magistrates courts during coronavirus outbreak
  • 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 or call 0300 123 9252


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