Courts and Tribunals Weekly Operational Update - Coronavirus: week commencing 14 September 2020

HMCTS weekly operational update during coronavirus outbreak

HMCTS weekly operational update: Week commencing 14 September 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 18 September 2020.



  • Updated: From Monday 14 September 2020, jury trials will have resumed in 72 Crown Courts.
  • Updated: During the week commencing Monday 14 September we plan to install plexiglass screens in 28 courtrooms and 26 retiring rooms across the Crown Court estate, in order to safely resume jury trials. We have installed plexiglass screens in 48 courtrooms and 6 retiring rooms so far.
  • Crown 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.
  • Updated: Magistrates’ courts are now dealing with most business type hearings. Since August magistrates’ courts have been completing more cases than have been received and the number of sittings are almost at pre-covid levels. We are working hard to return this to 100%, in a COVID-safe way.
  • The judiciary has published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak.
  • 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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