The COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid spread of the virus around the country presents an unprecedented challenge to all those involved in the administration of justice.
It is vital to maintain a functioning court and tribunal system in support of the administration of justice and the rule of law in the face of this public health emergency. Due to the challenges faced at this time the work of courts and tribunals will be consolidated into fewer buildings, maintaining the safety of all in the courts and in line with public health advice.
“An extraordinary amount of hard work has gone into keeping our justice system functioning. Technology is being used creatively to ensure that many cases can continue. Not everything can be dealt with remotely and so we need to maintain functioning courts.
These temporary adjustments to how we use the court estate will help ensure that we can continue to deal with work appropriately in all jurisdictions whilst safeguarding the well-being of all those who work in and visit the courts.”
The Lord Burnett of Maldon
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
List of those buildings remaining open can be found on the following GOV.UK press release (external link, opens in a new tab).