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 25 January 2021

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


  • Updated: New week, we will be opening a Nightingale Court in Cirencester, which will provide 2 extra courtrooms for non-jury trial Crown Court work.
  • Updated: Magistrates’ courts are facilitating the remote attendance of those involved in proceedings where the court has directed, and is able to facilitate, this. The safe operation of courts remains paramount so listing volumes are being adjusted to reduce the number of people coming to court, in line with the Lord Chief Justice’s recent statement. Updated guidance has been issued to those still required to attend in person.
  • We’ve installed plexiglass screens into over 450 courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms. More than 290 courtrooms have been assessed as being capable and available to hold jury trials, in addition to over 120 courtrooms for non-jury trial work across 79 Crown Court sites.
  • 79 Crown Courts have resumed jury trials, as well as 6 other existing court venues and 6 Nightingale Courts sites who have started to hold jury trials.
  • The Crown Court is hearing all types of applications and cases, including multi-hander trials. Where appropriate, judges continue to deal with a range of work remotely, including sentencing hearings.
  • The judiciary has published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak.


  • Family courts continue to prioritise work as agreed with the President of the Family Division. Work levels are slowly returning to pre-COVID levels and we are working hard to return this to 100%, in a COVID-safe way.



Royal Courts of Justice

Judicial announcements

Previous editions

Published 24 April 2020
Last updated 22 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Update for week commencing Monday 25 January 2021.

  2. Added translation

  3. Update for week commencing Monday 18 January published.

  4. Added translation

  5. Added line on rapid lateral flow testing.

  6. Update for week commencing Monday 11 January published.

  7. Added translation

  8. Edited opening paragraphs following the Prime Minister's latest national lockdown announcement.

  9. Update for week commencing Monday 4 January 2021 published.

  10. Added translation

  11. Updated for week commencing Monday 28 December 2020 published.

  12. Added translation

  13. Updated local restriction tier info

  14. Update for week commencing Monday 21 December 2020 published.

  15. Update for week commencing Monday 14 December 2020 published.

  16. Added translation

  17. COVID Operating Hours consultation closing date updated.

  18. Update for week commencing Monday 7 December 2020 published.

  19. Added translation

  20. Update for week commencing Monday 30 November published.

  21. Added translation

  22. Updates added for Queen’s Bench Masters Listing and Action Department Information for Court Users and Section 28 press release.

  23. Update for week commencing 23 November 2020 published.

  24. Update for week commencing Monday 16 November 2020 published.

  25. Weekly ops update for 9 Nov 2020 added.

  26. Added translation

  27. National restrictions in England announcements added.

  28. Update for week commencing Monday 2 November 2020 published.

  29. Added translation

  30. Update for week commencing 26 October published.

  31. Adding link to Welsh Government national fire-break

  32. Update for week commencing 19 October 2020 published.

  33. Update to local COVID alert level changes 15 Oct 2020 added.

  34. Link to local COVID Alert Levels guidance in England added.

  35. Added translation

  36. Updated RCJ Administrative Court guidance added.

  37. Update for week commencing Monday 12 October published.

  38. Added translation

  39. Update for week commencing Monday 5 October published.

  40. Added translation

  41. Update for week commencing Monday 28 September 2020 published.

  42. Update for week commencing Monday 21 September 2020 published.

  43. North East local restrictions infomation added.

  44. Update for week commencing 14 September 2020 published.

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

  46. Update for week commencing 31 August 2020 published.

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

  48. Added translation

  49. Page update with new weekly opertional summary.

  50. Update for week commencing 17 August 2020 published.

  51. Update for week commencing 10 August 2020 published.

  52. Added translation

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

  54. Update for week commencing 27 July 2020 published.

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

  56. Updated for week commencing 20 July 2020 published.

  57. Update for week commencing 13 July 2020 published.

  58. Added translation

  59. Update for week commencing 6 July 2020 published.

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

  61. Update for week commencing 22 June 2020 published.

  62. Update for week commencing 15 June 2020 published.

  63. Update for week commencing 8 June 2020 published.

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

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

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

  67. Updaye for w/c 11 May added.

  68. Updated for week commencing 4 May 2020 added.

  69. Added translation