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Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26th March 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to protect jurors and other members of the justice system during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

HMCTS is following the public health guidance to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to court staff and users and has set out its priorities for managing the response: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

This morning (23 March 2020), the Lord Chief Justice has announced a temporary pause on new jury trials in the Crown Court while measures are put in place to ensure that physical hearings can take place safely and in accordance with advice on social distancing.

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