HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 18 May 2020

18th May 2020

HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 18 May 2020

From Friday 24 April 2020 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.

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 22 May 2020.

Crime

  • The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon has announced that new jury trials will start in a few courts week commencing 18 May 2020. This followed discussions with the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP.
  • 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 are covering urgent work, custody trials, and police traffic prosecution cases, which are being with remotely under the Single Justice Procedure. Other trials, particularly for domestic abuse, are being listed for hearing following rigorous case management by judges and legal advisers.Magistrates’ court cases update: w/c 18 May 2020 (PDF, 236KB, 1 page). The Judiciary have published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak
  • We are making plans to start high priority sentencing cases, particularly for domestic abuse offences, and DVPOs
  • All questions about paying an outstanding criminal court fine should be sent to our National Compliance and Enforcement Service at NCESBCT@justice.gov.uk or call 0300 123 9252

Family

Civil

Tribunals

Royal Courts of Justice

Judicial announcements

Please visit our GOV.UK page for all operational updates