Coronavirus (COVID-19)—possession proceedings to resume on 21 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—possession proceedings to resume on 21 September 2020

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, via a statement from the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, has announced that possession case proceedings are due to be resumed on 21 September 2020, after they were stayed on 26 March 2020. The resumption of possession proceedings follows the work of a cross-sector working group, headed by Mr Justice Knowles and commissioned by Etherton, to consider and address as far as is practicable, ‘matters affecting litigants and the courts when the stay on possession proceedings is lifted’. The working group focused on formal Practice Directions concerning the judicial process, the exercise of judicial case management and listing powers, and guidance and training for judges and court staff.

In collaboration with the working group, the following materials have been published by the Judiciary to aid with the resumption of possession proceedings:

• guidance on prioritisation, which Etherton has requested judges have regard to when listing possession cases in the County Court

• the Working Group’s Overall Arrangements document, which sets out a summary of the areas of the process which the group has considered

Source: Resumption of Possession Cases

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