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27 March 2020

Message from the Lord Chief Justice’s Office


The guidance and forms have been updated to reflect the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement on 24 March 2020 that, with effect from Thursday 26 March, all court business is consolidated in the Royal Courts of Justice, Laganside Courts, Craigavon, Dungannon and Londonderry Courthouses and only urgent matters will be addressed by way of a court hearing until further notice.

Of note is the new guidance that has been published for unrepresented parties and/or litigants in person (25 March 2020).  The guidance for family proceedings has been updated to include arrangements for Interim Care Orders (25 March 2020).  There have been some changes to the guidance for criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, notably information of the scheduled hearing times in Laganside Courts.

Members of the public and legal representatives are reminded that they should NOT attend court.  The Guidance sets out the processes to be followed but please note that no correspondence is required to request an adjournment.  Urgent matters will generally be undertaken remotely.

All guidance is available on the Judiciary NI website:


27 March 2020


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