10 April 2020
Update to the Covid-19 guidance issued by the Office of the LCJ
High Court Lists
Covid-19 Guidance for Courts has been amended here.
The Lord Chief Justice has directed that where cases in the High Court list for
the week of 20-24 April are to be adjourned they should be adjourned for four
weeks and not eight weeks.
Court and Crown Court Bail
Guidance for High Court and Crown Court Bail Applications has been amended
to provide as follows:
The PPS should provide a copy of their
written response to the applicant’s legal representatives at the same time as
lodging it with the Court Office;
Where a judge decides to refuse an
application on the papers the reasons for refusal should be set out. If
the applicant wishes to pursue a review of the refusal the legal
representatives should advise the Court Office and PPS as soon as possible and,
where appropriate, provide supporting reasons. A remote hearing should
then be convened.
Covid-19 Guidance for High Court and Crown Court Bail Applications Form has
been amended to include a section on “Reasons for Refusal”. The form
BAIL1 High Court/Crown Court Bail Application or Bail Variation Form – issued 8
Apr 20 can be downloaded here.