Courts: Coronavirus:Written question - 39678

Q
Asked by Nick Smith
(Blaenau Gwent)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that court hearings proceed during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 05 May 2020

Our courts provide a vital public service and it is important that justice is delivered wherever possible. We are working closely with the courts and judiciary to ensure that cases are progressed through the system as quickly as possible, including through greater use of audio and video hearings.

The courts are expediting sentencing hearings and prioritising remand hearings to ensure that public protection remains a core goal. Magistrates’ court trials are now being listed wherever it is safe to do so and every effort is being made to resume Crown Court trials. Representatives from across the criminal justice system are working at pace to agree the best way of doing this safely.

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