HMCTS daily operational summary 22 April 2020

22 APRIL 2020


HMCTS operational summary 22 April 2020


From Friday 24 April 2020 we will change the frequency of this update from daily to weekly.


We will publish an operational update each Friday evening on GOV.UK, and we’ll email you each Sunday evening with a reminder. On Monday mornings we’ll also publish a link to the weekly update on Twitter.


We’ll only email again if there are any urgent or significant changes during the week. Follow us on @HMCTSgovuk to also check for daily or urgent updates.


We’ll keep this under review. 




    • Where courts and tribunals are closed, we’ll contact parties directly to confirm new hearing arrangements. We’ll contact those parties whose hearings were scheduled to happen first, and work our way through the list as quickly as possible. Please be patient while we do this, and avoid making contact if you can.



    • Our Courts and Tribunals Service Centres will be available from 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Fridays until further notice


    • Our South East region will only be taking calls between 10am to 2pm in all jurisdictions (with the exceptions on the next line)


    • Chelmsford, Norwich, Ipswich and Basildon Crown Courts are temporarily unable to answer calls. The recorded message will advise you what to do


    • We’re continuing to avoid physical hearings and arranging remote hearings wherever possible. Anyone who requires technical support for a telephone or video hearing can call 0330 8089405






    • 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



    • Since 19 March 2020 Single Justice Procedure cases – other than some police road traffic cases - have been suspended. Decisions on those cases already listed will be delayed, as will all cases where there has been a not guilty plea


    • 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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 Please visit our GOV.UK page for all operational updates.