HMCTS Update

National Restrictions and Grant of Probate Applications

National Restrictions in England: Following this weekend's announcement that further restrictions will be introduced for the whole of England, HMCTS has confirmed that, as an essential public service, courts and tribunals will remain open and continue to run throughout. They will continue to follow and implement public health advice to reduce risk, and keep court and tribunal users updated on what this means for them through ongoing publication of their weekly operational update. The judiciary fully support this approach, and the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals published a message reflecting this earlier today.

If agreed by Parliament, the month-long national restrictions will apply across England from 00:01am on Thursday morning until 2 December (replacing all tiered restrictions) and will sit alongside restrictions already announced for Wales and Scotland.

Court and tribunal users - including legal professionals, the parties, jurors, witnesses, judges, magistrates and court staff - are vital to the continued running of the courts and tribunals in this proposed period of renewed significant restrictions. Hearings will continue, making use of remote technology where judges feel this is appropriate, but you should not come to any court and tribunal buildings if you have coronavirus symptoms, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you must self-isolate. Please contact the court or tribunal before you are due to attend so that suitable arrangements can be made for your hearing. It is essential that all court and tribunal users follow the hands-space-face guidance without fail and remind each other of its importance at every turn.

Grant of Probate Applications: HMCTS has confirmed that from today, 2nd November, all grant of probate applications (where there is a will) must be made using MyHMCTS - the online service for professionals to issue, pay for and manage applications within civil and family courts and tribunals.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020