On 19 February 2021, we published updated guidance and best practice for court attendance and member safety in court and tribunal buildings.
Throughout the pandemic, the Law Society has maintained that the safety of both court users and those working within the justice system is of the utmost importance as we work together to ensure the justice system can continue to operate.
We want to assure you that safety remains a key priority for us. We strongly endorse the Lord Chief Justice’s statement that “no participant in legal proceedings should be required by a judge or a magistrate to attend court unless it is necessary in the interests of justice”. In exercising that balance, the judge must give safety priority.
We’ll update our guidance as and when new government guidance is published.
In January 2021, we called for a pause of all crown and magistrates’ court non-custody work for two weeks, and asked for a move to video hearings “by default” in all crown courts and magistrates’ courts.