COVID-19 testing pilot for court users

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is running a pilot trial for the rapid testing of Covid-19 among court users at Manchester Civil Justice Centre (CJC). 

From today (Friday 28 Jan) and for the next four weeks, lateral flow tests will be offered to all people attending a case at Manchester CJC who are not showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The test will also be offered to all staff, judiciary, contractors and legal professionals who visit the site. It will not be a public testing facility.

The tests are voluntary and will be carried out through lateral flow devices, which detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.

The pilot will support the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) national testing programme by providing information on how rapid testing works in different public sector settings.

HMCTS will use findings to decide how rapid testing could be rolled out nationally to other courts and tribunals across the country. All Manchester CJC court users will be given the opportunity to book a test slot.

Users will be asked to register their details, and the test carried out using a lateral flow device testing kit. Specially trained staff who manage the testing site will supervise the test and process the results.

Once the test has been taken, NHS Test & Trace will send results by text or email in 30 minutes. If the test comes out negative, this indicates that the person is not infectious and the person will be permitted to remain in the building. If the test gives a positive result, the court user will be required to leave the court, return home quickly and directly, and follow NHS advice.

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