HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 18 May 2020

18 MAY 2020

HMCTS weekly operational update:


  • The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon has announced that new jury trials will start in a few courts week commencing 18 May 2020. This followed discussions with the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP.
  • 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
  • Magistrates’ courts are covering urgent work, custody trials, and police traffic prosecution cases, which are being with remotely under the Single Justice Procedure. Other trials, particularly for domestic abuse, are being listed for hearing following rigorous case management by judges and legal advisers.Magistrates' court cases update: w/c 18 May 2020 (PDF, 236KB, 1 page). The Judiciary have published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak
  • 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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