HMCTS have updated their operational summary for week commencing Monday 10 May 2021, to include:
- Updated: We encourage all users to access testing available to them. Home tests are now available from all English and Welsh courts and tribunal sites and will be offered to all professional court users, legal professionals, judiciary, contractors, jurors, witness services and staff who attend scheduled hearings. HMCTS testing update (PDF, 53.8KB, 2 pages)
- Updated: HMCTS is currently undertaking an evaluation of remote hearings to understand more about the remote hearing practice implemented during the COVID outbreak, and to make recommendations for use of remote hearings in the longer term. We encourage legal professionals to submit their views for consideration. The survey will close on Tuesday 1 June 2021.
- Crime: Updated: Updates have been made to the Crown Court Digital Case System (DCS) to allow restriction of access to cases of special sensitivity, such as terrorism cases, cases involving a member of the criminal justice system or a high-profile case (such as those with increased levels of media interest). From Monday 10 May 2021, these cases can be set up so that access will be by ‘Invitation Only’. Where a case file is accessible by ‘Invitation Only’, anyone attempting to gain access who has not been authorised will see an alert on DCS stating that the case is ‘Invitation Only’ and will be provided with contact details to request access. For further information about this new process or if you have a specific question please email CTDD-CrimeSupport@Justice.gov.uk.
- The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmcts-weekly-operational-summary-on-courts-and-tribunals-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak