Court reform

Lifting restrictions in courts and tribunals – HMCTS panel session

On Tuesday 27 July, we took part in a panel session with HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and Public Health England (PHE) to discuss the lifting of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in courts and tribunals.

This coincided with the government’s announcement of new measures to help courts recover from the pandemic.

Read our response to the announcement

HMCTS and PHE presentation

Their presentation set out how:

  • HMCTS has responded to step four of the government’s roadmap out of national restrictions for England
  • PHE has worked with HMCTS and other parts of government to understand what the risks and challenges are in court buildings
  • what safety measures are still in place

View the presentation (PDF 501 KB)

Panel members

  • Paul Harris, operations director, HMCTS (chair)
  • Craig Robb, deputy director, governance and assurance, HMCTS
  • Will Breame, deputy director, central operations (including COVID response and recovery), HMCTS
  • Dr Éamonn O’Moore, national lead for health and justice, PHE
  • I. Stephanie Boyce, president, the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Derek Sweeting, chair, the Bar Council
  • Craig Tickner, president, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)
  • James Mulholland, chair, the Criminal Bar Association

Q&A session

Thank you for sending us your questions on:

  • court safety measures
  • court recovery measures
  • court buildings
  • the criminal jurisdiction
  • civil, family and tribunals

Due to the size of the panel, we were unable to raise all of these. However, HMCTS has assured us that they will address our outstanding questions in due course.

Watch a recording of the Q&A session

HMCTS will also be sharing a video of the session. In the meantime, download the Q&A transcript (PDF 587 KB).

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