The following Restructuring & Insolvency guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The UK Government’s policy of social distancing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted temporary new working rules in relation to the court process. This Practice Note focuses on the implications for restructuring and insolvency work.
For the implications for litigation generally, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.
The Supreme Court building has closed, but hearings and judgments will continue to be streamed where possible and the Supreme Court is looking to use video conferencing technology to allow it to operate key functions. See: LNB News 24/03/2020 59.
The Court of Appeal will continue to hear urgent cases (applications and hearings). The Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) Court of Appeal has clarified that urgent work means applications where it is essential in the interests of justice that there be a substantive decision within the next seven days. The Court of Appeal’s counter is now closed.
The RCJ remain open but are operating with a reduced staff. From 1 April 2020 the RCJ fees office is closed until further notice.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has published a ‘courts and tribunals tracker’ listing which courts are open to the public, staffed but are not open to the public, and temporarily closed—see: Courts and tribunals tracker.
HMCTS website sets out
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