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I am due to attend court. Will the trial still go ahead?

If you’re case is due to go to court this will be a very difficult time for you already. The added uncertainty caused by the current crisis will likely make you feel even more unsettled. To find out more about the arrangements for your case, you can contact the court. All courts are having to adapt their ways of working. You should receive notification of changes to the arrangements. In line with the latest government guidance on social distancing, many courts are moving to telephone, video and other methods for trials and hearings.

On the 27th of March, the person who oversees criminal courts, the Lord Chief Justice suspended all new Jury trials. Find out more here.

“We have put in place arrangements to use telephone, video and other technology to continue as many hearings as possible remotely. We will make best possible use of the equipment currently available; HMCTS is working round the clock to update and add to that. Some hearings, the most obvious being jury trials, cannot be conducted remotely.
"I have decided that we need to pause jury trials for a short time to enable appropriate precautions to be put in place.”

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