Western Circuit

Local Court Protocols – Criminal and Family

14th Apr 2020 | Covid19

[UPDATED 22.05.20]

Table here of our local bar coordinators – please contact for assistance/queries with court/bar liaison for employment tribunals, criminal and family courts and civil hearings.

 

Specific Points of Contact at courts for hygiene concerns – HERE

 

The following court centres have issued protocols for how courts and hearings will proceed during the Covid-19 crisis:

The Remote Family Court Guide (16.04.20)

Family Courts in Avon, North Somerset and Gloucestershire

HMCTS policy re Water Supply in Courts/Tribunals in Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire (23.04.20)

Somerset DFJ Area (31.03.20)

Bournemouth Combined Court Statement  and Protocol on Sentencing Defendants on Bail (13.05.20)

Bristol Crown Court – Table of Hearings (29.03.20)Initial Guidance (25.03.20),  PTPH Info (31.03.20) and Letter HHJ Blair QC to Prosecution and Defence (5.05.20)

Exeter Crown Court – Guidance (08.04.20) and Contact Details Info (28.04.20)

Gloucester Crown Court and Memo on Gloucester Skype Calls 6.4.20

Portsmouth Public/Family Law Guidance (14.04.20) , Judicial Preferences for Remote Hearings and Template for Remote Hearings (14.04.20)

Portsmouth Crown Court Note 08.04.20

Plymouth Crown Court guidance 26.03.20  and Prison Video Link/Telephone Conference Info 08.04.20 and  Updated guidance to Lawyers 30.03.20

Plymouth/Devon Family Template Order for Remote Hearings 

Southampton Crown Court Protocol and Directions and Update on Sentencing Defendants on Bail (28.04.20)

Swindon Crown Court

Swindon/Wiltshire Family Hearings – Guidance 20.03.20 and Update 1 (16.04.20) and Update 2 (28.04.20)

Winchester Crown Court Information on the resumption of trials – 21.05.20

Truro Crown Court (26.03.20) and Update re Bail and Sentencing (24.04.20)

 

CPS Guidance on Appearance at Court via Video or Audio Links

 

NB CRIMINAL PRACTITIONERS – IN RELATION TO ALL COURTS AND ALL HEARINGS YOU NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE CLERK HAS SIGNED YOU INTO “EXHIBIT” – TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE RECORDED AS ATTENDING AND CAN GET PAID FOR YOUR ATTENDANCE.

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