Category The Courts

CORONAVIRUS LAW: PANDEMIC DID NOT PREVENT COURT MAKING MANDATORY INJUNCTION COMPELLING REMOVAL OF CARAVANS AND MOBILE HOMES

In Chichester District Council v Sullivan & Ors (Rev 1) [2020] EWHC 2154 (QB) HHJ Auberbach considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on a decision to grant a mandatory injunction requiring the removal of  caravans and mobile homes in place in breach of planning restrictions. The judge held that the impact of the pandemic […]

FACE COVERINGS IN COURT AND TRIBUNAL BUILDINGS: NEW RULES FROM THE 27th JULY 2020

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS has written a letter to Michael Duck QC, leader of the Midland Circuit (and presumably to other Circuit leaders and solicitors representatives as well) relating to the wearing of face coverings in the public areas of court and tribunal buildings.      I’m writing to inform you that from […]

THE 10 “NIGHTINGALE COURTS”: DETAILS OF THE VENUES

The Lord Chancellor has announced the 10, temporary, additional buildings that will be used to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system.     Former county court at Telford, Shropshire Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Swansea Council Chambers, Swansea Cloth Hall Court, Leeds Middlesbrough Town Hall, Teesside East Pallant House, Chichester 102 Petty France, […]

UPDATING NOTE ON CIVIL TRIALS IN MANCHESTER: FROM THE DESIGNATED CIVIL JUDGE

HHJ Bird has sent out an updating note on civil trials at Manchester. Note, in particular, the requirement for parties who want adjournments and the requirement to give evidence in support of applications. “Updating Note from the DCJ   As more courtrooms have become available for hearing civil trials and as we continue to learn […]

CORONAVIRUS: HOW HAS IT AFFECTED THE LAW? THE KEY CASES SET OUT

Over the past three months lawyers, and the courts, have been dealing with the impact of coronavirus.  This is an appropriate time to set out the key judgments where coronavirus has had an impact on both procedural and substantive law.  Here are summaries of (and links to) the cases where the impact of COVID is […]

BACK IN COURT IN PERSON: FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE AT BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURTS

  Neil Berragan recently attended a five day trial in the Birmingham Business and Property Courts, at the direction of the trial Judge.  This was by way of a test run for the Court and is understood to be the only hearing listed in the building that week.  We thought it would benefit everyone to […]

COURT RE-OPENING DETAILS: ALL THE REGIONS LISTED

The dates the courts have been re-opening have now been sent out.  This list is up to date to the 10th June but may be subject to change if operationally required. London Harrow Crown Court 15 June Midlands Coventry Combined – Crown only 15 June Hereford Justice Centre 15 June Lincoln County Court 15 June […]

More face-to-face hearings as courts reopen: guidance published today

The Ministry of Justice and HM Courts & Tribunals Service published a press release today highlighting the fact that more face-to-face hearings are likely to take place as the courts open up. THE PRESS RELEASE 159 HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) locations have remained open throughout the pandemic and a further 9 have opened […]

PARTIAL RE-OPENING OF THE CIVIL COURTS IN MANCHESTER: IMPORTANT GUIDANCE FROM THE DESIGNATED CIVIL JUDGE

 HHJ Bird, the DJC for Manchester, has sent out detailed guidance on the next steps being taken to re-open the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester starting from the 15th June 2020.   Covid-19 the Next Steps in Dealing with Civil Litigation Introduction Following careful consideration and assessment of the relevant risks and how they can […]

CASES PROCEEDINGS AT BIRMINGHAM HIGH COURT (QBD) & BIRMINGHAM COUNTY COURT: UPDATED GUIDANCE ISSUED TODAY

 HHJ Worster, Acting Designated Civil Judge for Birmingham, has today issued updated guidance for cases in Birmingham.     Please note that guidance and advice issued nationally can be found at the following address https://www.judiciary.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-guidance/?utm_medium=email&utm_source LOCAL GUIDANCE This local guidance provides some general information about cases proceeding at Birmingham High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) and […]