HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 4 May 2020

04 MAY 2020

Next week’s update will be issued on Thursday 7 May 2020 due to the Bank Holiday on Friday 8 May 2020.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • We are making plans to start high priority sentencing cases, particularly for domestic abuse offences, and DVPOs
  • 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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