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 10 August 2020

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 14 August 2020.


  • Updated: From Monday 10 August 2020, jury trials will have resumed in 64 Crown Courts.
  • As part of work to ensure more jury trials can run safely, we’re installing framed plexiglass screens in more courtrooms over the coming weeks. We’ve tested this in Leeds, and Public Health England has checked and supports this approach. Installation of plastic screens is already underway and site surveys continue. So far over 100 courtrooms in around 50 buildings have been identified that could benefit.
  • Crown Courts are dealing with a range of work, much of which is being done remotely. This includes 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 and the youth courts are now dealing with all criminal business types. Urgent cases such as those where the defendant is being held in police or prison custody will continue to take priority. continue to cover urgent work, such as cases where the defendant is being held in police or prison custody. Magistrates' court cases (PDF, 112KB, 1 page).
  • The number of summary trials listed is increasing, whilst still ensuring prioritisation is given to cases involving an allegation of domestic abuse and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
  • Cases where defendants are on bail and require listing in either a GAP or NGAP court are also being heard.
  • The judiciary has published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak.
  • Various other work including police traffic prosecutions, continue to be dealt with remotely using the Single Justice Procedure.
  • 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.




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Previous editions

Published 24 April 2020
Last updated 7 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update for week commencing 10 August 2020 published.

  2. Added translation

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

  4. Update for week commencing 27 July 2020 published.

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

  6. Updated for week commencing 20 July 2020 published.

  7. Update for week commencing 13 July 2020 published.

  8. Added translation

  9. Update for week commencing 6 July 2020 published.

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

  11. Update for week commencing 22 June 2020 published.

  12. Update for week commencing 15 June 2020 published.

  13. Update for week commencing 8 June 2020 published.

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

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

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

  17. Updaye for w/c 11 May added.

  18. Updated for week commencing 4 May 2020 added.

  19. Added translation