On 6 April 2020, a temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (IPD) came into force to help courts respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The IPD aims to reduce the need for court users to attend in person, and to manage issues arising from limited staff and resources.
It will remain in force until 1 October, and covers:
- notices for out-of-court appointments
- remote hearings
- winding-up and bankruptcy petitions
- other insolvency hearings
- remote swearing of statutory declarations.
It supplements the existing Practice Direction on insolvency proceedings, from July 2018.