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 18 October 2021

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 22 October 2021.

  • Reminder: Registration for our 5th annual Public User Event is now open. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November 2021.
  • York Hilton Nightingale court has now closed, which provided one additional courtroom for family work. We are 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’ve added more detail to our COVID-19 guidance on GOV.UK when coming to our buildings. This does not change our current advice, but reminds you not to come to a court or tribunal if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and you’re not fully vaccinated. 
  • 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

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 19 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Update for week commencing Monday 18 October 2021 published.

  2. Added translation

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

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

  5. Added translation

  6. Update for week commencing Monday 27 September published.

  7. Added translation

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

  9. Added translation

  10. Update for week commencing Monday 13 September published.

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

  12. Added translation

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

  14. Added translation

  15. Updated for week commencing Monday 23 August 2021.

  16. Welsh translation added.

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

  18. Added translation

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

  20. Added translation

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

  22. Added translation

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

  24. Added translation

  25. Updated COVID guidance pages added.

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

  27. Added translation

  28. Update for week commencing Monday 12 July published.

  29. Added translation

  30. Update for week commencing Monday 5 July 2021.

  31. Added translation

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

  33. Added translation

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

  35. Added translation

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

  37. Added translation

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

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

  40. Added translation

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

  42. First published.