Guidance

HMCTS weekly operational summary

A weekly summary of the latest HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position for users. We will aim to update this every Friday at 4pm.

We email our weekly operational update to our subscribers on Sunday evenings, and share on social media on Monday mornings. Follow us on Twitter to check for daily or urgent updates.

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 25 October 2021

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 29 October 2021.

  • Update: Register for our 5th annual Public User Event. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November 2021, and the schedule is now available.
  • Update: We’re opening a new Nightingale Court in Warwick. The M40 J15 Warwick Hotel provides two additional Crown courtrooms for jury trials. The first courtroom will open on 29 October 2021 and the second courtroom will open on 8 November 2021. We’re extending 32 Crown Nightingale courtrooms to the end of March 2022. See the full list of Nightingale courts and additional courtrooms currently open.
  • Reminder: You should continue to follow the relevant self-isolation rules which changed in August 2021 for England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Reminder: All professional court and tribunal users should continue to wear face coverings whilst attending our buildings.
  • Reminder: We actively encourage our staff and all court and tribunal users to continue with twice-weekly asymptomatic rapid testing regardless of their vaccination status. We also encourage individuals to take a free, rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test before coming to a court or tribunal. These are free and readily available in your local area, or to order online. Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate and follow the latest NHS advice.

Crime

Civil

  • Updated: Professional users filing a Queen’s Bench claim or appeal can now use our E-Filing service.

Family

  • Updated: From Monday 18 October 2021 local authorities and legal firms under the jurisdiction of Swindon, Truro, Reading, Oxford and Derby family courts must submit C110a applications for care and supervision orders online using MyHMCTS. Supporting documents for applications required by the Family Court should also be uploaded to MyHMCTS. Guidance on applying for a family law order is available via GOV.UK.

Judicial guidance and announcements

Previous editions

Published 21 May 2021
Last updated 22 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Update for week commencing Monday 25 October published.

  2. Update for week commencing Monday 18 October 2021 published.

  3. Added translation

  4. Update for week commencing Monday 11 October 2021 published.

  5. Update for week commencing Monday 4 October 2021 published.

  6. Added translation

  7. Update for week commencing Monday 27 September published.

  8. Added translation

  9. Update for week commencing Monday 20 September 2021 published.

  10. Added translation

  11. Update for week commencing Monday 13 September published.

  12. Update for week commencing Monday 6 September 2021 published.

  13. Added translation

  14. Update for week commencing Monday 30 August 2021 published.

  15. Added translation

  16. Updated for week commencing Monday 23 August 2021.

  17. Welsh translation added.

  18. Update for week commencing Monday 16 August 2021 published.

  19. Added translation

  20. Update for week commencing Monday 9 August 2021 published.

  21. Added translation

  22. Update for week commencing Monday 2 August 2021 published.

  23. Added translation

  24. Update for week commencing Monday 26 July 2021 published.

  25. Added translation

  26. Updated COVID guidance pages added.

  27. Update for week commencing Monday 19 July 2021 published.

  28. Added translation

  29. Update for week commencing Monday 12 July published.

  30. Added translation

  31. Update for week commencing Monday 5 July 2021.

  32. Added translation

  33. Update for week commencing Monday 28 June 2021 published.

  34. Added translation

  35. Update for week commencing Monday 21 June 2021 published.

  36. Added translation

  37. Update for week commencing Monday 14 June 2021 published.

  38. Added translation

  39. Update for week commencing Monday 7 June 2021 published.

  40. Update for week commencing Monday 31 May 2021 published.

  41. Added translation

  42. Added line on operational status of courts in areas where COVID19 variant is spreading.

  43. First published.