This page provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the (COVID-19) pandemic and will be updated when new advice is available.
Coming to a court or tribunal during the COVID-19 pandemic
Courts and tribunals are open for face to face hearings, such as jury trials. All our buildings are COVID secure. Find out what to expect when coming to a court or tribunal building and how we are keeping our buldings safe and clean.
We have increased use of telephone, video and other technology to hold many hearings remotely. Your hearing notice will inform you whether it is taking place in person, via video or telephone.
While public health legislation allows those involved in legal proceedings to come out of self-isolation when necessary, you must contact the court or tribunal first who will decide if you need to attend.
Coming to court as a juror
If you receive a jury summons, you will need to attend. Jury staff will contact you to confirm the days and time you need to attend during your service, or if you are no longer needed.
When coming to court as a juror, you will find special arrangements in place for jury trials. Read what we have put in place and what we expect of you in our jury trials checklist
We will also be offering home test kits to jurors.
Coming to court as a witness
If you are coming to court as a witness, we have specific advice for providing evidence as a witness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find out more about accessing support for victims and witnesses.
Coming to court for other reasons
Media and members of the public will be also able to attend court hearings in person if safe to do so. Contact the court directly for more information.
We encourage individuals to take a free, rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test before coming to a court or tribunal. These will be readily available in your local area, or order a test online to be sent to you.
A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. There may be additional advice for your area. Find out what you need to do.
Assessing and managing the COVID-19 risk
We ensure the safety of everyone who comes into our buildings through our court and tribunal coronavirus safety controls, endorsed by Public Health England and Public Health Wales.
Staff in our buildings are working hard to ensure the safety of all users. We encourage all court users to raise any issues in our buildings with local managers.
We assess risk in line with government guidance. Please see our organisational risk assessment and assessment tool.
These indicators guide local assessments of all our buildings and help us identify and act on any areas of concern.
You can contact the court or tribunal directly to request a copy of an individual COVID-19 risk assessment for our buildings.
Keeping up to date with the impact of coronavirus on courts and tribunals
We update the operational running of the courts and tribunals through:
- advice on GOV.UK
- our weekly operational update
- our find a court or tribunal service
- our twitter channels: @HMCTSgovuk and @MoJGovUK
Read the latest information about the government’s coronavirus response and plans.
Judicial announcements and guidance related to coronavirus outbreak
Working towards recovery
In our recovery update, we publish details setting out the we are doing in in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Our vulnerability action plan outlines the way courts and tribunals have changed the way they work to run safely during COVID-19 and enable vulnerable people to access the justice system.