Courts and Tribunals Weekly Operational Update - Coronavirus: week commencing 31 August 2020

HMCTS weekly operational update during coronavirus outbreak

HMCTS weekly operational update: Week commencing 31 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 4 September 2020.


  • Updated: From Tuesday 1 September 2020, jury trials will have resumed in 67 Crown Courts.
  • Updated: From week commencing Monday 31 August 2020 we plan to install plexiglass screens in 36 courtrooms and 28 deliberating rooms across the Crown Court estate, in order to safely resume jury trials.
  • 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.
  • Jury trials in the Crown Court resumed on 18 May 2020. The courts continue to deal with a range of work remotely, including 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, 113KB, 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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