HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This page provides a weekly summary of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic. We will aim to update this every Friday at 5pm.

We are issuing weekly updates on our operational position and we’ll email our subscribers each Sunday evening with a reminder. On Monday mornings we’ll also publish a link to the weekly update on Twitter.

You can see our previously issued daily operational updates.

Follow us on @HMCTSgovuk to also check for daily or urgent updates.

We’ll keep this under review.

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 21 September 2020

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 25 September 2020.


  • Updated: From week commencing Monday 21 September 2020, jury trials will have resumed in 74 Crown Courts.
  • Updated: Crown Courts due to restart jury trials in October 2020 (dates to be confirmed) – Doncaster Justice Centre South (Doncaster Crown Court), satellite of Sheffield, Burnley Combined Court Centre, Preston Crown Court and Family Court (Sessions House) Annex, King’s Lynn Crown Court, Lewes Combined Court and Isle of Wight Combined Court (Newport).
  • Updated: The Crown Court at Snaresbrook, Kingston-Upon-Hull and Stafford began to pilot COVID-19 Operating Hours on Monday 14 September. Portsmouth and Reading will begin piloting COVID-19 Operating Hours from Monday 21 September. This will help increase our capacity to hear cases and reduce the backlog that has built up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Updated: During the week commencing Monday 21st September we plan to install plexiglass screens in 53 courtrooms and 35 retiring rooms across the Crown Court estate, in order to safely resume jury trials. We have installed plexiglass screens in 68 courtrooms and 21 retiring rooms so far.
  • Updated: We have installed Portakabin® portable buildings at Bradford Combined Court, Kingston-Upon-Hull Combined Court and Leeds Combined Court. The buildings provide additional rooms for jurors to deliberate, which in turn means more jury trials can take place. The Bradford and Hull portable buildings are now being used. The Leeds portable building will be used from on Monday 21 September 2020.
  • Crown Courts continue to deal with a range of work remotely, including sentencing hearings and all urgent applications including applications for bail and applications to extend custody time limits. Pre-trial preparation hearings and further case management hearings are also taking place.
  • Magistrates’ courts are now dealing with most business type hearings. Since August magistrates’ courts have been completing more cases than have been received and the number of sittings are almost at pre-covid levels. We are working hard to return this to 100%, in a COVID-safe way.
  • The judiciary has published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak.
  • All questions about paying an outstanding criminal court fine should be sent to our National Compliance and Enforcement Service at or call 0300 123 9252.




Royal Courts of Justice

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Previous editions

Published 24 April 2020
Last updated 18 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update for week commencing Monday 21 September 2020 published.

  2. North East local restrictions infomation added.

  3. Update for week commencing 14 September 2020 published.

  4. Update for week commencing Monday 7 September 2020 published.

  5. Update for week commencing 31 August 2020 published.

  6. Update for week commencing Monday 24 August published. Rule changes regarding Writs of Possession have been made and are effective from today.

  7. Added translation

  8. Page update with new weekly opertional summary.

  9. Update for week commencing 17 August 2020 published.

  10. Update for week commencing 10 August 2020 published.

  11. Added translation

  12. Update for week commencing Monday 3 August 2020 published.

  13. Update for week commencing 27 July 2020 published.

  14. Updated to include annoucement from the Lord Chancellor on locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’.

  15. Updated for week commencing 20 July 2020 published.

  16. Update for week commencing 13 July 2020 published.

  17. Added translation

  18. Update for week commencing 6 July 2020 published.

  19. Update for week commencing Monday 29 June 2020 published.

  20. Update for week commencing 22 June 2020 published.

  21. Update for week commencing 15 June 2020 published.

  22. Update for week commencing 8 June 2020 published.

  23. Update for w/c 1 June 2020 published.

  24. Update for w/c 25 May 2020 added.

  25. Update for w/c 18 May 2020 added.

  26. Updaye for w/c 11 May added.

  27. Updated for week commencing 4 May 2020 added.

  28. Added translation