High Court Criminal Proceedings in Level 5
In light of public health guidance as to the value of face coverings in reducing the spread of Covid 19, all persons, save for those who for medical or other welfare considerations cannot wear a face covering or who are operating from behind a protective screen, should do so whilst on any court premises or within its precincts unless the presiding judge, in the interests of justice, otherwise directs.
Proceedings and Applications
For so long as the Country is subject to Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions no new jury trials will commence and those listed for hearing will be adjourned by the Court.
Notwithstanding the introduction of Level 5 restrictions, Jury trials presently at hearing will continue to conclusion, subject to weekly review and strict compliance with public health guidance and the Court’s own guidance on face coverings.
The following work will continue as normal, subject to weekly review and strict compliance with public health guidance and the Court’s own guidance on face coverings.
- Sentencing hearings;
- Pre-trial disclosure and case management hearings.
In light of the risks posed by Covid-19, the presiding judge shall, in respect of all applications and proceedings, have discretion, either in the interests of public safety or the administration of justice, to bring any application or proceeding to an end with immediate effect.
20th October 2020