What is happening to Court proceedings during the COVID-19 crisis?

The Judiciary and HM Courts & Tribunals Service are working to ensure that Court work can continue as far as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak whilst adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines.

The present guidance is that hearings are to be conducted remotely wherever possible, by telephone or video. Hearings will only be held with parties physically present where a remote hearing is not possible and appropriate safety measures can be put in place. It will be for the Judge in each matter to decide how a hearing will be conducted and the proposed arrangements will be communicated to the parties.

In some cases hearings which were due to take place in the near future have been adjourned and re-listing will be considered as the situation develops over the coming weeks. The Courts and the Judiciary have identified the most urgent types of work and are planning to deal with those as a priority.

A number of Courts across the country are closed for the time being with some priority Courts remaining open to deal with hearings and other work.

Whilst some matters will be delayed and we can expect longer processing times, most types of proceedings can be commenced as usual. There are temporary restrictions on the issue of some sorts of proceedings - for example, the Coronavirus Act 2020 has imposed restrictions on proceedings for repossession of residential property and forfeiture of commercial property.

If Aaron and Partners are acting for you in ongoing litigation we will contact you with an update as to the arrangements for any upcoming hearings. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the fee earner dealing with your matter.

If you are considering commencing litigation or you expect that proceedings will shortly be issued against you or your business, we will be able to provide you with advice on your position and act for you in any litigation.

Please contact Nick Clarke at nick.clarke@aaronandpartners.com if you have a dispute you are considering pursing or being pursued.

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