Message from the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Plan B

The Prime Minister has announced that further COVID-19 restrictions will come into force in England next week.

The work of courts and tribunals will continue as it has done over the course of the pandemic.

The measures being introduced under Plan B mean that hearings should continue to take place in person alongside effective use of video hearings and remote attendance where that is in the interests of justice.

The coming weeks will bring their difficulties across all jurisdictions both professionally and personally but we have been there before and are equipped to cope.

We are grateful for the efforts of judges, tribunal members, magistrates, the legal profession, HMCTS and Judicial Office staff, and all involved in the justice system over the last two years in support of the administration of justice and we are sure they will continue to do so.

Lord Burnett of Maldon
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Sir Keith Lindblom
Senior President of Tribunals