Courts and Tribunals Weekly Operational Update - Coronavirus: week commencing 20 July 2020

20 JULY 2020
  • As Government social distancing guidance is updated, we will continually assess how these measures are applied in our buildings and will only implement change to our measures when it is safe to do so. Anyone using our court and tribunal buildings should see no difference to existing safety, security or social distancing measures – any changes will be communicated and published in advance.
  • Updated: The work of courts and tribunals was consolidated into fewer buildings at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, maintaining the safety of all in our buildings. From 17 July 2020, we are no longer publishing the tracker list as most of our courts and tribunals buildings are now open in line with public health advice. Find the current status and contact details of courts and tribunals using our court and tribunal finder service.


  • 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 and the Youth Courts are now dealing with all criminal business types. Urgent cases such as those where the defendant is being held in police or prison custody will continue to take priority. continue to cover urgent work, such as cases where the defendant is being held in police or prison custody. Magistrates' court cases (PDF, 112KB, 1 page).
  • The number of summary trials listed is increasing, whilst still ensuring prioritisation is given to cases involving an allegation of domestic abuse and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
  • Cases where defendants are on bail and require listing in either a GAP or NGAP court are also being heard.
  • Various other work including police traffic prosecutions, continue to be dealt with remotely using the Single Justice Procedure.
  • Updated: 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.




  • The Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber has made changes to the way it currently works. Since Thursday 30 April 2020, all Judicial Review applications can be lodged using email. Upper Tribunal IAC Judicial Review changes (PDF, 173KB, 2 pages).

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