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Short Update: UK Judicial Office encourages solicitors to attend court in person

FT Admin - June 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Court closures, Access to a lawyer

The Judicial Office issued a statement on Saturday setting out that, given the reduced coronavirus crisis level, the law and the Criminal Procedure Rules should be followed with respect to physical attendance in court. While in previous weeks, there was broad acceptance of advocates appearing remotely by default, the Judicial Office has ordered that from Monday 22 June, unless an advocate had made an application to the magistrates' court to attend remotely, they would be expected to attend court in person. The Judicial Office has since clarified that it 'did not intend that the prosecution and defence will now, without warning, be required to come to court when they had been expecting to appear remotely'. 

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