I am writing to inform you of a temporary change to the way in which courts and tribunals will operate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Can we accept new civil claims for issuing by email from parties who are unable to send them by post during the outbreak? Can users submit applications to adjourn hearings, or other applications, in bulk?Will automatic extensions be given by the courts for complying with orders, preparation for hearings and attendance at hearings?Will formal applications be needed to delay directions, and will you adjourn hearings without the need for applications?Will wet signatures still be required on forms and documents?Can all clinical negligence or other claims which require NHS staff be adjourned and the time for complying with directions be extended?
The Bar Council’s COVID-19 Working Group has today published Frequently Asked Questions for the Bar covering a range of issues in relation to practice during the COVID-19 outbreak. This list will be updated and added to as the situation develops, and will be incorporated on the Bar Council website in a more user-friendly manner as soon as possible. You are reminded that you can raise any concerns or issues by emailing the Bar Council, Legal Practice Management Association and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks COVID-19 Working Group.
I would like to reflect to you how we are responding to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; and in particular, how we are ensuring that justice can continue to be done while taking public health, and the health of our staff and all those who work in or seek justice through our courts, as seriously as we clearly must...... read more
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