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Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what are the arrangements for contacting courts which are now ‘temporarily suspended’ but which were dealing with ongoing and/or urgent applications?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 31/03/2020

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what are the arrangements for contacting courts which are now ‘temporarily suspended’ but which were dealing with ongoing and/or urgent applications?

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what are the arrangements for contacting courts which are now ‘temporarily suspended’ but which were dealing with ongoing and/or urgent applications?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing severe difficulties in the operation of the court estate. As of 27 March 2020, HMCTS confirmed that the work of courts and tribunals would be consolidated into fewer buildings, with 157 priority court and tribunal buildings open for essential face-to-face hearings. The Courts and Tribunals Tracker sets out which buildings are open.

There are three categories of court: open courts, which are open to the public; staffed courts, where staff and judges

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