Having considered the responses to the recent consultation on Covid Operating hours in Crown Court and assessed the current situation, the Lord Chancellor has taken the decision to endorse – on a short-term, timebound basis – a flexible approach (known as ‘temporary operating arrangements’) that supports Resident Judges who wish to:
- sit different hours to recover from the impact of the pandemic on their local caseloads
- use a new “remote” model for non-jury trial work that will enhance flexibility, and address concerns about changes in travel time
These measures are temporary and timebound. They will come to an end six months after any court chooses to implement them.
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-covid-operating-hours-in-crown-courts