Skip to main content

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance

This section contains the latest advice and guidance from the judiciary in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. It is 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.

Table of Content

  1. General Information
  2. Cross-Jurisdictional Guidance
  3. Civil Guidance
  4. Crime Guidance
  5. Family Guidance
  6. Magistracy Guidance
  7. Tribunals Guidance
  8. Archived Messages and Guidance

General Information

Weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Updated weekly

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

HMCTS risk assessment and safety guidance
27 May 2020

Jury Trials update
24 April 2020

Contingency Planning – Courts and Tribunals
An announcement and list of those buildings remaining open can be found on the above link.
27 March 2020

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

Cross-Jurisdictional Guidance

Royal Courts of Justice Fees Office update
1 June 2020

General Guidance on PDF bundles
20 May 2020

Administrative Court Guidance

Message for Circuit and District Judges sitting in Civil and Family from the Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls and President of the Family Division
15 April 2020

High Court Contingency Plan
27 March 2020

Guidance For Family & County Court Judges – COVID-19 Measures
This link will download a word document
23 March 2020

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

Civil Guidance

Protocol for Insolvency and Company Work at Central London
3 September 2020

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 & the 123rd Practice Direction Update
21 July 2020

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2020 & the 122nd Practice Direction Update
21 July 2020

121st Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules – Coronavirus Pandemic related
11 June 2020

Amended Civil Listing Priorities
14 May 2020

Remote Cost Hearings Guidance
This link will download a word document
24 April 2020

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y
02 April 2020

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

Practical measures to ensure social distancing in Central London County Court – Insolvency and Companies work 
This link will download a word document
24 March 2020

Civil Court guidance on how to conduct remote hearings
22 March 202

Insolvency

Northern Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction
6 October 2020

North BPC Bundle Guidance
6 October 2020

Guidance on the operation of the TIPD in London Insolvency and Companies Court (ICC)
2 October 2020

Extended temporary Insolvency Practice Direction – approved and signed by the Lord Chancellor
2 October 2020

 

More information:

Civil court guidance and orders issued for different circuits around England

Crime Guidance

Withdrawal of Custody Time Limits Protocol of 9 April 2020
2 September 2020

HMCTS memo to the SPJ – Supporting recovery in the Crown Court jurisdiction
24 August 2020

Listing in Magistrates’ Courts
07 July 2020

Multi-hander cases in overnight remand courts
19 June 2020

Guidance for Crown Court Judges – COVID-19 Measures
This link will download a word document
23 March 2020

Family Guidance

Court of Protection

Letter from Mr Justice Hayden: COVID-19 restrictions and the Court of Protection
16 October 2020

Court of Protection COVID-19 Remote Hearings
31 March 2020

Court of Protection COVID-19 Guidance No3
24 March 2020

Court of Protection COVID-19 Guidance No2
18 March 2020

Court of Protection COVID-19 Guidance No1
13 March 2020

General Family

Practice Guidance on Service of Part 4 Family Law Act 1996 applications, orders and notification to the police: Pilot Practice Direction 36U

28 July 2020

Updated version of the Remote Family Access Court released
26 June 2020

President’s Guidance on Decrees during the Coronavirus Pandemic
9 April 2020

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

Magistracy Guidance

Listing in Magistrates’ Courts
07 July 2020

Tribunals Guidance

Different Chambers

Administrative Appeals Chamber

Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber: Revised Guidance for Users in Northern Ireland
18 September 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber: Help for Users
25 August 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber (Upper Tribunal) Revised Guidance for Users in England and Wales
21 August 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber (Upper Tribunal) Revised Guidance for Users in Scotland
21 August 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber (Upper Tribunal) Guidance for Users in Scotland (updated 21 August 2020)
16 April 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber (Upper Tribunal) Guidance for Users in England and Wales (updated 21 August 2020)
16 April 2020

Administrative Appeals Chamber: Help for Users (updated 25 August 2020)
15 April 2020

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

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

Employment Appeals Tribunal

Practice Direction (Employment Appeal Tribunal – Procedure – Hearings)
12 June 2020

Employment Appeal Tribunals: Help for Users
15 April 2020

Employment Appeal Tribunals – Hearing Arrangements from 16 April 2020
9 April 2020

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

Employment Tribunals

Presidential Guidance (England and Wales) on remote and in-person hearings

14 September 2020

Presidential Practice Direction (England and Wales) on remote hearings and open justice

14 September 2020

Presidential Practice Direction (on the use of the Welsh language)

14 September 2020

Updated FAQs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic
1 June 2020

FAQs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (updated – see above)
30 April 2020

Employment Tribunals, England & Wales and Scotland: Help for Users
15 April 2020

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

Employment Tribunals listing direction review outcome
The Presidents of Employment Tribunals (England and Wales and Scotland) have carried out a second review of their Joint Direction, first issued on 19 March 2020, amended on 24 March 2020 and subject to a first review on 29 April 2020, regarding the listing of Employment Tribunal cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following on from that review the Direction remains in force in its current form. The Presidents will shortly issue a ‘road map’, appended to an amended FAQ sheet, which provides further detail about the listing and methods of conduct of ET hearings over the next few months.
29 May 2020

Direction issued by Employment Tribunal Presidents
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

General Regulatory Chamber

General Regulatory Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Update on Ways of Working
15 June 2020

General Regulatory Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users
15 April 2020

General Regulatory Chamber, Information Rights (First-Tier Tribunal) Continuation of Direction for a General Stay (extension of below)
27 April 2020

First-Tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber (Information Rights), Directions for General Stay (extended. See 27 April above)
2 April 2020

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

Health, Education and Social Care Chamber

Video Hearing Guidance for Representatives in Mental Health Tribunals
21 September 2020

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

Frequently asked questions about hearing arrangements during the Coronavirus Pandemic- July 2020
3 August 2020

Updated Mental Health hearing Guidance for Users
28 July 2020

Video hearing guidance for participants in mental health hearings
17 July 2020

Updated – Health Education and Social Care Chamber Guidance for Users – special educational needs, care standards and primary health lists
14 July

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

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

Immigration and Asylum Chamber

UTIAC Amended Presidential Guidance Note No1 2020: Arrangements during the COVID-19 Pandemic
19 November 2020

First-tier Tribunal, Asylum Support: Help for Users Guide (applicable during the Covid-19 pandemic)
11 November 2020

First-Tier Tribunal, Asylum Support (FTT-AS) Road-map to Recovery
7 October 2020

Immigration and Asylum Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users – Version 3
31 July 2020

Immigration and Asylum Tribunal Chamber presidential practice statement note: COVID-19 pandemic
11 June 2020

Presidential Practice Statement note no.2: Immigration and Asylum Chamber
11 June 2020

Judicial Review Applications to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (Upper Tribunal)
29 April 2020

Letter from the President of the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber to stakeholders about the pandemic arrangements in the Chamber
22 April 2020

Immigration and Asylum Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users
15 April 2020

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

Lands Chamber

 Update on the conduct of proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, Land   Chamber during the COVID-19 pandemic
4 November 2020

Guidance for use of Electronic Hearing Bundles: Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber
4 November 2020

Presidential Guidance on the Conduct of Proceedings in the Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal) during the COVID-19 Pandemic
26 June 2020

Presidential Guidance on the Conduct of Proceedings in the Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal) during the COVID-19 Pandemic Updated 26 June – see above
1 May 2020

Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal): Help for Users second edition
1 May 2020

Payment of fees to the Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal)
29 April 2020

Lands Chamber (Upper Tribunal): Help for Users Updated 1 May – see above.
15 April 2020

Presidential Guidance on the Conduct of Proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, Lands Chamber during the COVID-19 Pandemic Updated 1 May – see above.
24 March 2020

Property Chamber

Pilot Practice Direction: Amendment relating to inspections by the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber
23 June 2020

Property Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal) Guidance for Users – updated
8 June 2020

Payment of application and hearing fees to the Property Chamber – Residential Property division (First-tier Tribunal)
29 April 2020

Property Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal) Guidance for Users (updated 8 June – see above)
29 April 2020

Property Chamber Land Registration Division – FAQ
24 April 2020

Property Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users: Residential Property, Land Registration, Agricultural Lands & Drainage
15 April 2020

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

Social Entitlement Chamber

Social Entitlement Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Social Security and Child Support, Criminal Injuries Compensation and Asylum Support: Help for Users UPDATED
17 June 2020

Social Entitlement Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Social Security and Child Support, Criminal Injuries Compensation and Asylum Support: Help for Users (updated 17 June – see above)
29 May 2020

Social Entitlement Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Asylum Support: Arrangements During the COVID-19 Pandemic
31 March 2020 (Updated 7 October 2020)

Social Entitlement Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Asylum Support: Help for Users
31 March 2020 (Upafted 7 October 2020)

Special Immigration Appeals Commission

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

Tax Chamber(s)

First-Tier (Tax Chamber) General Guidance on PDF Bundles
7 July 2020

First-Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) COVID-19 Frequently asked questions  
5 June 2020

COVID-19: Response to reports of delays from the Chamber President
13 May 2020

First Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber – Directions for a further general stay in relation to certain proceedings
21 April 2020

Tax and Chancery Chamber (Upper Tribunal): Help for Users
15 April 2020

Tax Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users
15 April 2020

Announcement of reduction in service in the First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber Administrative Centre
2 April 2020

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

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

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

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for users
30 April 2020

War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Chamber (First-Tier Tribunal): Help for Users Updated 1 May – see above.
15 April 2020

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

General Tribunals

Amended General Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal
15 September 2020

Amended Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal
15 September 2020

Presidential Practice Direction: Electronic Signatures
4 May 2020

Judges’ and Members’ Administrative Instruction No 4 from the Senior President
14 April 2020

Pilot Practice Direction: Video/Audio Hearings in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal
2 April 2020

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

Judges’ and Members’ Administrative Instruction No.3 from the Senior President
27 March 2020

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

Guidance for Tribunal Judges and Members– COVID-19 Measures
This link will download a word document
23 March 2020

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

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

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

Judges’ and Members’ Administrative Directions No. 1 from the Senior President
18 March 2020

Archived Messages and Guidance

Remote Access Family Courts, latest guidance
17 April 2020

Protocol for Custody Time Limits
9 April 2020

Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction – approved and signed by the Lord Chancellor
07 April 2020

Civil Listing Priorities (Word document)
03 April 2020

FAQs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic – Employment Tribunals
3 April 2020

Annex A CTL Application – Adjournment of Trial Due to Coronavirus Crisis
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
30 March 2020 (withdrawn 2 September)

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