With ongoing reports that the rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections continues to increase across England and Wales, keeping our members safe remains one of our key priorities.

In areas where there are local lockdowns, courts and tribunals continue to function as normal and we ask members to continue observing social distancing rules.

We also continue to have concerns that allowing lawyers to break quarantine to attend hearings will increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and pose a significant danger to court users, including the most vulnerable.

We’d like to thank all who contributed to this issue, which we put to government on your behalf. We’ve had confirmation from government that they expect everyone who uses and/or works in the courts and tribunals to observe quarantine unless explicitly required to attend court.