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Short Update: UK publishes plan to recover courts operations

FairTrialsAdmin - July 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Delayed or accelerated proceedings, Court closures

On 1 July 2020, HM Courts and Tribunals Service ("HMCTS") published recovery plans to increase the volume of hearings conducted across all jurisdictions with the aim of getting back to and then above pre-COVID-19 levels in each jurisdiction. As part of the plans to reduce backlog in criminal proceedings, HMCTS intends to restart jury trials in more courts and to increased listing in Magistrates' Courts.  

As reported on 9 July 2020, a solicitor refused to attend the Magistrates' Court on Saturday when she was only given 11 days' notice. HMCTS said that temporary changes have also been made to Saturday courts to include cases relating to traffic offences.  

The Magistrates' Association surveyed its members on backlog measures and the results show lot of support among magistrates for extended hours in the courts to tackle the backlog of cases caused by COVID-19. Among the 1740 respondents, more than 50% of magistrates are willing to attend court on early weekday mornings, weekday evenings, and on Saturdays, while 37% are willing to work on Sundays. 
 

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