Courts: Coronavirus

(asked on 3rd November 2020) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

What steps his Department is taking to ensure that courts operate effectively during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by
Chris Philp Portrait
Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
This question was answered on 3rd November 2020

Progress against the HMCTS recovery plan published on 1 July is already well underway to reduce outstanding cases and to get our operating capacity as close as possible to pre-Covid levels.

We are investing record amounts, with £153m to improve court and tribunal buildings – the biggest single investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 years. We’ve also opened 14 Nightingale Courts and over 240 jury courtrooms, while Magistrates’ Courts have been completing more cases than they are receiving.

We’ve piloted Covid Operating hours at the Crown Court in Liverpool and several other crown courts. I’m also pleased the number of hearings across the civil, family and tribunal jurisdictions is also increasing.

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