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Accessible legal tips, know-how and news for anyone with a complaint or legal issue from Stephen Gold, author of The Return of Breaking Law, the book

Thursday 9 December 2021


The Lord Chief Justice and the head of Tribunals have today issued a joint statement in the wake of the Plan B changes announced yesterday. They say that court and tribunal hearings should continue to take place in person - that's with everyone present at the court or tribunal building - but 'alongside effective use of video hearings and remote attendance where that is in the interests of justice'. That means that, for the time being, we are likely to be shifting back to Zoom and its siblings and the good old blower for hearings, where that is reasonably possible.

The Court and Tribunal Service in its own guidance today has said that no person should attend a court building where they have tested positive for covid; have covid symptoms; are self-isolating; are waiting for a test result; are quarantining after returning from travel abroad; or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and not been double vaccinated.

If you think you should stay away, contact the court or tribunal urgently.