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Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 31653, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to protect jurors and other members of the justice system during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

26 March 2020

HMCTS is following the public health guidance to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to court staff and users and has set out its priorities for managing the response: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

This morning (23 March 2020), the Lord Chief Justice has announced a temporary pause on new jury trials in the Crown Court while measures are put in place to ensure that physical hearings can take place safely and in accordance with advice on social distancing.