On 5 June, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) published its report on the impact of coronavius (COVID-19) on civil court users.

The CJC received a high volume of responses to its rapid consultation from 1 May to 15 May.

The report makes a number of recommendations, and highlights concerns such as:

  • what will happen when the temporary suspension on housing possession claims comes to an end
  • systemic deficiencies in the information currently available on how the civil justice system is working.

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, has welcomed the report and established a cross-sector working group to help address these concerns.

Dr Natalie Byrom, who led the research and drafted the report for the CJC, said: “The volume of responses reflects a wide recognition of the importance of understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the justice system and supporting the judiciary and court service in their efforts to ensure that hearings are able to take place. The report recommends immediate steps that can be taken to build on existing practice and ensure that remote hearings support access to justice.”