Courts and Tribunals Weekly Operational Update - Coronavirus: week commencing Monday 1 February 2021

HMCTS weekly operational update during coronavirus outbreak

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 1 February 2021

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 5 February 2021.


  • Updated: 79 Crown Courts have resumed jury trials, as well as 13 non-custodial jury trial courtrooms across 7 Nightingale Courts sites who have started to hold jury trials.
  • Magistrates’ courts are facilitating the remote attendance of those involved in proceedings where the court has directed, and is able to facilitate, this. The safe operation of courts remains paramount so listing volumes are being adjusted to reduce the number of people coming to court, in line with the Lord Chief Justice’s recent statement. Updated guidance has been issued to those still required to attend in person.
  • We’ve installed plexiglass screens into over 450 courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms. More than 290 courtrooms have been assessed as being capable and available to hold jury trials, in addition to over 120 courtrooms for non-jury trial work across 79 Crown Court sites.
  • The Crown Court is hearing all types of applications and cases, including multi-hander trials. Where appropriate, judges continue to deal with a range of work remotely, including sentencing hearings.
  • The judiciary has published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak.


  • Family courts continue to prioritise work as agreed with the President of the Family Division. Work levels are slowly returning to pre-COVID levels and we are working hard to return this to 100%, in a COVID-safe way.



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