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The court is closed and/or understaffed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should we do where, for example (a) I need to make an emergency application eg for a freezing or other injunction, (b) I need to pay a court fee/other, (c) I need to file and/or issue court documents by a certain deadline (d) documents are due to be served by the court?

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Produced in partnership with Daniel Laking of 39 Essex Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 25/03/2020

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A produced in partnership with Daniel Laking of 39 Essex Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The court is closed and/or understaffed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should we do where, for example (a) I need to make an emergency application eg for a freezing or other injunction, (b) I need to pay a court fee/other, (c) I need to file and/or issue court documents by a certain deadline (d) documents are due to be served by the court?

The court is closed and/or understaffed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What should we do where, for example (a) I need to make an emergency application eg for a freezing or other injunction, (b) I need to pay a court fee/other, (c) I need to file and/or issue court documents by a certain deadline (d) documents are due to be served by the court?

During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that the day-to-day business of the courts will be disrupted due to, among other things, short-notice staff absences and changing guidance from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary. However, the guidance produced so far suggests that courts are endeavouring to continue to provide access to justice for those cases which require it.

While the courts remain open, it should be possible to undertake all of the steps listed in this Q&A, such as making applications, paying fees and filing documents. Similarly, although the work of courts may become delayed, there is no indication that court staff will not, for the time being, continue to issue and serve documents in the normal way.

However, it will not simply be business as usual. The courts, just like all other parts of society, are adjusting their working patterns to reflect the advice being issued from HM government and the National Health Service

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