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HMCTS Guidance – Criminal Courts

News 8th April 2020

The below is summary of the guidance published by HM Courts & Tribunal Service in respect of Criminal Courts and Proceedings on Monday 27th April 2020.

  • There are no Jury trials currently underway
  • 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 are only covering urgent work and we plan to re-start work on police traffic prosecution cases that can be dealt with remotely. Magistrates’ court cases update: 24 April 2020 (PDF, 235KB, 1 page). The Judiciary have published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak
  • Since 19 March 2020 Single Justice Procedure cases – other than some police road traffic cases – have been suspended. Decisions on those cases already listed will be delayed, as will all cases where there has been a not guilty plea
  • All questions about paying an outstanding criminal court fine should be sent to our National Compliance and Enforcement Service at NCESBCT@justice.gov.uk or call 0300 123 9252
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