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Criminal Courts To Remain Open During Third Lockdown

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As the country goes into a third national lockdown the Lord Chancellor has confirmed that the criminal courts will not be closed.

Attending court is a legal exemption to the national lockdown ‘stay at home’ restriction. Judges, jurors, court staff, witnesses, lawyers and defendants are all required to attend, unless:

  • they are in receipt of a government/NHS letter advising that they are extremely clinically vulnerable and are to shield;
  • they have COVID symptoms; or,
  • they are required to self-isolate.

Whilst at court all are required to adhere to guidance on social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.

If you are facing a criminal allegation it is important that you still attend court when your case is listed. If you fail to attend court when required a warrant may be issued for your immediate arrest.