Court Closures During Covid-19 Pandemic

Over half of court and tribunal buildings are to close during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce the risk of court users spreading the infection.

A priority network of 158 court buildings will remain open for essential face-to-face hearings. The full list can be found here:

The courts will be classified as follows:

  • Open courts – these buildings are open to the public for essential face-to-face hearings
  • Staffed courts – staff and judges will work from these buildings, but they will not be open to the public
  • Suspended courts – these courts will be temporarily closed

Most claims can still progress, albeit at a slower pace.


For further information please contact Oliver Kew on 01189 559612 or


Published on 02/04/2020

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