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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance

This section contains the latest advice and guidance from the judiciary in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be updated when there are significant developments and you should check the page on a regular basis to ensure you are kept informed of the latest position.

Please click on the headings to be taken to the relevant webpage.

Contingency Planning – Courts and Tribunals
An announcement and list of those buildings remaining open can be found on the above link.

Updates from The Lord Chief Justice

Review of court arrangements due to COVID-19, message from the Lord Chief Justice
23 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Message from the Lord Chief Justice to judges in the Civil and Family Courts
19 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Jury trials, message from the Lord Chief Justice
17 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from the Lord Chief Justice
17 March 2020

Civil Court Guidance

Update – Civil Justice in England and Wales: Protocol regarding Remote Hearings
31 March 2020

New Practice Direction 51Z to Stay Possession Proceedings
27 March 2020

Practice Direction on Video or Audio Hearings in Civil Proceedings during the Coronavirus Pandemic
25 March 2020

Crown Court Guidance

Guidance for Crown Court Judges – COVID-19 Measures
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23 March 2020

Crown Court and Magistrates Guidance

30 March 2020: Protocol for the effective handling of Custody Time Limit cases in the magistrates and crown court, between the Senior Presiding Judge, HMCTS and the Crown Prosecution Service:

Family and County Court Guidance

Updated – Coronavirus crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders
31 March 2020

COVID-19: Temporary Amendments to the Practice Guidance on Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings
27 March 2020

Update: The Remote Family Access Court: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
25 March 2020

Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders
24 March 2020

Insolvency and Companies work at Central London County Court
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24 March 2020

Guidance For Family & County Court Judges – COVID-19 Measures
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23 March 2020

Court of Protection: Guidance (COVID-19)
19 March 2020

High Court

High Court. Contingency Plan
27 March 2020

HMCTS guidance and updates

Daily operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Updated regularly

Remote Hearing Protocol

Civil Court guidance on how to conduct remote hearings
22 March 2020

Tribunals Guidance

Special Immigration Appeals Commission, Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission and Pathogens Access Appeal Commission – COVID-19 update
31 March 2020

Chamber President’s Guidance Note No.3. (SSCS)
31 March 2020

The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) Guidance for Users in Scotland
30 March 2020

The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber), Guidance for Users in Northern Ireland
27 March 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: the use of former Salaried Judges  
27 March 2020

First-Tier Tribunal, Tax Chamber – Directions for a General Stay
26 March 2020

Practice Direction Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal Lodging Applications and Documents by Email and Areas in the Property Chamber
26 March 2020

Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber – Information and Directions for General Stay and General Extension of Time
25 March 2020

Statement from the President of the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber
Contingency arrangements
25 March 2020

Employment Appeal Tribunal – Provisional Arrangements during COVID-19 Pandemic
25 March 2020

Provisional Practice Statement First-Tier Tribunal Categorisation of Tax Cases in the Tax Chamber
25 March 2020

Updated Guidance for users on the Administration and Conduct of Proceedings in The First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber
25 March 2020

First-tier Tribunal (War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber) guidance for users
25 March 2020

Presidential Guidance on the Conduct of Proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber during the COVID-19 Pandemic
24 March 2020

Amendment to Direction Issued by Employment Tribunal Presidents on 19 March 2020
24 March 2020

Judges’ and Members’ Administrative Instruction No.2 from the Senior President
23 March 2020

Practice Statement: First-Tier Tribunal Categorisation of Tax Cases in the Tax Chamber
23 March 2020

Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Presidential Guidance Note No.1 2020: Arrangements during the COVID-19 Pandemic
23 March 2020

Guidance on the Conduct of Proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, Tax and Chancery Chamber during the COVID-19 Pandemic
23 March 2020

Guidance from General Regulatory Chamber on Ways of Working during Coronavirus Outbreak
23 March 2020

Presidential Practice Statement note no.1: Immigration and Asylum Chamber
23 March 2020

Guidance for Tribunal Judges and Members– COVID-19 Measures
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23 March 2020

Statement of Conduct of Business in the First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber
19 March 2020

Direction issued by Employment Tribunal Presidents
19 March 2020

Guidance for First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) during COVID-19 Pandemic
19 March 2020

Guidance from the Chamber President and Deputy Chamber President of HESC regarding the Mental Health jurisdiction
19 March 2020

Guidance from the Chamber President and Deputy Chamber President of HESC
regarding the Special Education Needs and Disability, Care Standards and Primary Health Lists jurisdictions: launch of the first paperless, digital tribunal jurisdictions
19 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Message from Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England & Wales and in Scotland
19 March 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal
19 March 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health)
19 March 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal
19 March 2020

Directions and Guidance for Employment Tribunals (Scotland)
See above link for Presidential guidance in connection with the conduct of employment tribunal proceedings during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic
18 March 2020

Employment Rules and Legislation: Practice Directions
See above link for Presidential guidance in connection with the conduct of employment tribunal proceedings during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic
18 March 2020

Guidance for Employment Tribunals
Presidential guidance in connection with the conduct of employment tribunal proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic
17 March 2020