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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 website.enquiries@judiciary.uk

Press enquiries email address: press.enquiries@judiciary.uk

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.

DAYTIME CONTACTS DURING THE CRISIS – TO BE USED BY JOURNALISTS ONLY (office hours):

Stephen Ward, Head of News
07775 012030
Stephen.ward@judiciary.uk

Michael Duncan, senior press officer, including magistrates, regional media, diversity.
07989 653 671
Michael.duncan@judiciary.uk

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

Lisa Allera, senior press officer, including family law, Court of Protection
07782 227 148
Lisa.allera@judiciary.uk

Jenny Birt press officer, including criminal trials, judicial review, employment tribunals
07971 492 950
Jennifer.birt@judiciary.uk

Lauren Benali, press officer
07941 808 535
Lauren.benali@judiciary.uk

 

OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS

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. 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
www.adviceuk.org.uk
mail@advice.org.uk

Citizens Advice
020 7833 7102
www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Law Centres Network
0207 7749 9120
www.lawcentres.org.uk
info@lawcentres.org,uk

ProBono Unit
www.barprobono.org.uk

 

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