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Court and tribunal recovery update in response to coronavirus

An update setting out the work being undertaken by HMCTS in the short and medium terms in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID-19: Update on recovery in courts and tribunals

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COVID-19: Trosolwg o’r broses adfer yn y llysoedd a’r tribiwnlysoedd

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COVID-19: Update on the HMCTS response for criminal courts in England and Wales

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COVID-19: Yr wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ymateb GLlTEM ar gyfer Llysoedd Troseddol yng Nghymru a Lloegr

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COVID-19 Operating Hours Crown Court Pilot

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Since March 2020, the priority of the Government, working closely with the judiciary and others, has been to ensure the justice system continues to perform its vital role while keeping court and tribunal users safe in line with public health guidelines. To achieve this, HMCTS has rapidly expanded the use of technology to allow hearings to be conducted by phone and video. HMCTS also temporarily closed around half of its buildings to focus effort and resources more effectively. The most urgent cases have been prioritised by the judiciary to ensure public safety, protect the vulnerable and safeguard children.

Having responded effectively to the immediate crisis, HMCTS is now fully focused on recovering its operations to increase courts and tribunals capacity to deal both with normal workloads across jurisdictions and outstanding cases. The challenges of doing so are no less great, not least because of the constraints imposed by social distancing, but essential to ensuring that the justice system delivers for those it is there to serve.

HMCTS has published this progress update on its recovery plans which sets out the areas of working being undertaken in the short and medium terms.

Published 1 July 2020
Last updated 7 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. COVID-19: Update on the HMCTS response for criminal courts in England and Wales added.

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