Courts and Tribunals Weekly Operational Update - Coronavirus: week commencing 24 August 2020

HMCTS weekly operational update during coronavirus outbreak

HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 24 August 2020


We are currently issuing weekly updates on our operational position. Follow us on @HMCTSgovuk to also check for daily or urgent updates.

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 28 August 2020.


  • Updated: From week commencing Monday 24 August 2020, jury trials will have resumed in 66 Crown Courts.
  • Liverpool Crown Court is now able to run jury trials safely across an extra three courtrooms following the installation of Plexiglass screens.
  • Liverpool Crown Court has started testing COVID-19 Operating Hours. This will help increase our capacity to hear cases and reduce the backlog that has built up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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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