HMCTS weekly operational update: week commencing 4 May 2020

HMCTS now issues an operating update every week.


“From Friday 24 April 2020 are issuing weekly updates on our operational position and we’ll email our subscribers each Sunday evening with a reminder. On Monday mornings we’ll also publish a link to the weekly update on Twitter.
You can see our previously issued daily operational updates.
Follow us on @HMCTSgovuk to also check for daily or urgent updates.
We’ll keep this under review.

Next week’s update will be issued on Thursday 7 May 2020 due to the Bank Holiday on Friday 8 May 2020.


  • There are no Jury trials currently underway
  • Crown Courts are dealing with a range of work, much of which is being done remotely. This includes sentencing hearings and all urgent applications including applications for bail and applications to extend custody time limits. Pre-trial preparation hearings and further case management hearings are also taking place
  • Magistrates’ courts are covering urgent work, custody trials, and police traffic prosecution cases, which are being with remotely under the Single Justice Procedure. Other trials, particularly for domestic abuse, are being listed for hearing following rigorous case management by judges and legal advisers.Magistrates’ court cases update: w/c 4 May 2020 (PDF, 236KB, 1 page). The Judiciary have published a note of listing in magistrates’ courts during coronavirus outbreak
  • We are making plans to start high priority sentencing cases, particularly for domestic abuse offences, and DVPOs
  • All questions about paying an outstanding criminal court fine should be sent to our National Compliance and Enforcement Service at or call 0300 123 9252




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