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Short Update: HM Courts & Tribunal Services updates its COVID-19 guidance on access to court and tribunal buildings

FairTrialsAdmin - October 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates

HM Courts & Tribunal Services has updated its guidance to provide that anyone who has coronavirus symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate, must not enter a court or tribunal building. Court users in this situation are advised to contact the court or tribunal to make appropriate arrangements for their hearing. This is in contrast to the September health protection regulations published last month, which allowed those who had tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone with the virus to come out of self-isolation in order to "fulfil a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or participating in legal proceedings." 

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