In relation to the latest lockdown, the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, Lord Burnett, today made the following announcement:
“We have now entered lockdown for the third time. The courts and tribunals must continue to function. The position remains that attendance in person where necessary is permitted under the proposed new regulations. This would include jurors, witnesses, and other professionals, who count as key workers. HMCTS will continue to put in place precautionary measures in accordance with Public Health England and Public Health Wales guidelines to minimise risk. All those attending court must abide by guidance concerning social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks etc.”
Lord Burnett also stated that:
“The significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 coupled with the increase in rates of transmission makes it all the more important that footfall in our courts is kept to a minimum. No participant in legal proceedings should be required by a judge or magistrate to attend court unless it is necessary in the interests of justice.”
This means that those who need to attend Court during lockdown may do so, but will not be compelled to do so unless it is necessary. Remote attendance can be arranged where needed.
If you find yourself needing to attend a Magistrates’ or Crown Court during lockdown, but are unsure about your options, Richard Silver Solicitors can help and advise you.
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