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CORONA VIRUS COURTS & TRIBUNAL USERS UPDATE
- Mar 30, 2020
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A network of priority courts will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively.
The work of courts and tribunals will be consolidated into fewer buildings, maintaining the safety of all in the courts and in line with public health advice.
Work is being developed across the entire estate, following enormous changes to everyday life, and capacity for phone and video hearings has been significantly increased.
The temporary changes, designed in partnership between Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service and the judiciary will help maintain a core justice system focused on the most essential cases.
They will also ensure effective social distancing for all court users and for cleaning and security work to be focused on fewer buildings.
There will be 157 priority court and tribunal buildings open for essential face-to-face hearings. This represents 42% of the 370 crown, magistrates, county and family courts and tribunals across England and Wales.
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