NEW: Further details about the temporary regime in prisons and probation. We have temporarily paused the usual regime in prisons and the probation service to ensure compliance with social distancing rules and to protect staff and service users.
We recognise the importance of keeping prisoners safe and healthy during this period:
The National Probation Service will continue to supervise offenders in the community but the methods of supervision will be carried out differently to accommodate advice on social distancing. Public protection remains absolutely critical and will remain our focus throughout this period.
The GOV.UK coronavirus and prisons page has been updated to include a summary of this information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/
Prisons are well prepared to take immediate action wherever cases or suspected cases are identified, including the isolation of individuals where necessary. HMPPS has been working closely with Public Health and NHS services, as well as criminal justice partners, to put robust contingency plans in place. The plans prioritise the safety of staff, prisoners, visitors and offenders under supervision in the community, whilst seeking to minimise disruption to normal services and ensure public protection. The following page will continue to be updated when new advice is available: https://www.gov.uk/
As of 13:00 on WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH:
Further updates with the latest figures are likely to be released later this evening to the media and will be included here the following day for information, so please do bear with us if they are superseded during the day.
HMCTS provide a daily operational summary service on courts and tribunals during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The page provides a daily summary of the HM Courts and Tribunal Service operational position during the coronavirus pandemic. HMCTS aim to update this page daily by 9am: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/
NEW: Guidance on taking oaths remotely. Guidance on how HMCTS will use telephone and video technology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been updated to include guidance on taking oaths remotely. The guidance in full is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/
NEW: Practice Direction on Video or Audio Hearings in Civil Proceedings during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Practice Direction 51Y (PD) clarifies the manner in which the court may exercise its discretion to conduct hearings remotely in private. Read the full announcement here: https://www.judiciary.uk/
NEW: Provisional arrangements for Employment Appeal Tribunal during the Covid-19 pandemic. All Employment Appeal Tribunal hearings which were listed to take place up to and including 15 April 2020, are postponed. The EAT will not be in a position to conduct remote hearings. Read the full announcement here: https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-
During this unprecedented public health emergency, we are adjusting practices and taking steps to minimise the risk to the judiciary, court staff and users. Any changes to individual hearings will be communicated directly to those affected in the usual way, by email and/or phone. The following page will continue to be updated when new advice is available: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/
NEW: COVID-19 guidance for children and families. Cafcass have issued guidance to support children and families as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops. This information will be regularly updated. The guidance can be viewed here: https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/
Latest general guidance
Please continue to refer to GOV.UK/coronavirus for the latest information on the situation in the UK and the Government’s response. For information about the illness and symptoms visit nhs.uk/coronavirus
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