Tier 4 – Courts remain open

Court bosses today insisted that courts in Tier 4 areas of England will continue to open despite increased restrictions announced over the weekend. Around 17 million people in London and across large parts of the south east were put into Tier 4 by the prime minister...

Increase in domestic violence and court applications

The Law Society has renewed calls for non-means tested legal aid to be made available to domestic abuse victims after government statistics revealed a record number of family court applications. Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show a steep increase in...

COVID operating hours controversy

The criminal bar has instructed heavyweight law firm Mishcon de Reya to help it fight controversial proposals to extend Covid-19 operating hours to more courts. HM Courts & Tribunals Service is considering rolling out the model from January. A rapid consultation...

Nightingale Courts

Nine more Nightingale courtrooms are due to open by the end of January, with libraries, theatres and town halls to be used for non-custodial cases. Birmingham Library and Repertory Theatre and Lancaster Town Hall have begun hearing cases from today, and venues in...