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Judicial Press Office: COVID-19 arrangements

During the crisis the press officers will continue to be available but working from home.  The office numbers will divert to mobiles. Please bear with us and send an email or text if the phone is engaged.

We deal with media enquiries (from journalists only) including out of hours calls relating to judges in England and Wales including all tribunal judges and magistrates. 

Please note we are the press office for judges only. If your query relates to another part of the courts or justice system including times of hearings and details of court orders please check the numbers at the foot of this page.

Members of the public can email

Press enquiries email address:

If you are calling out of office hours (Mon-Fri 5.30pm-9am) please call the paging service on 07623 514943 and your message will be sent to the press officer on duty.


Stephen Ward, Head of News
07775 012030

Michael Duncan, senior press officer, including magistrates, regional media, diversity and the Chief Coroner.
07989 653 671

Katy Durrans, senior press officer, including civil justice, media law, immigration tribunals, diversity
07816 303 310

Lisa Allera, senior press officer, including family law, Court of Protection
07782 227 148

Jenny Birt press officer, including criminal trials, judicial review, employment tribunals
07971 492 950

Lauren Benali, press officer
07941 808 535



Courts and tribunals
General queries about courts and the HMCTS court service should addressed to the courts desk in the Ministry of Justice press office on: 020 3334 3536

Queries about specific courts, including times of hearings and for details of court orders should be addressed to the individual court. See the Court and Tribunal finder (contacts)

Legal Advice

We are unable to offer legal advice or help members of the public with their court cases. For queries of this nature the following agencies may be able to assist.


Advice UK
0300 777 0107

Citizens Advice
020 7833 7102

Law Centres Network
0207 7749 9120,uk

ProBono Unit


Other numbers

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service – 020 3334 4872

Judicial Appointments Commission – 020 3334 0331

Crown Prosecution Service – 020 3357 0906

Attorney General’s Office – 020 7271 2440 / 2484 / 2465

Ministry of Justice – 020 3334 3536