The impact of Coronavirus, part 1: trial by jury during a pandemic – 6KBW College Hill

‘Covid 19: the current situation is so fast moving that anything written will almost inevitably be out of date by the time it is typed. However, following the effective “lock down” from 8.30pm on 23 March 2020 it may be that there are fewer further changes until restrictions can be eased, and it is useful to reflect on the effect so far.’

Full Story

6KBW College Hill, 30th March 2020

Source: blog.6kbw.com

Divisional Court to consider application for suspension of ‘no recourse to public funds’ policy – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Divisional Court will this week (3 April) consider whether to suspend the Home Office’s ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) policy.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Network of priority courts launched for essential face-to-face hearings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 31st, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, health, health & safety, live link evidence, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the judiciary have created a network of 157 priority courts and tribunal buildings that will remain open for essential face-to-face hearings during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Coronavirus: Court fine for Tesco queue rule breaker – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, fines, health, health & safety, news by sally

‘A man has pleaded guilty to breaching coronavirus social distancing rules by repeatedly approaching people in a supermarket queue.’

Full Story

BBC News, 30th March 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Draft in haste… Coronavirus restrictions and homelessness – Nearly Legal

‘Here are emergency regulations, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, made today. These, amongst many other things, deal with what commercial premises may open, or must be closed, and – to the point here – restrictions on individual movement.’

Full Story

Nearly Legal, 26th March 2020

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Coroners’ Investigations, Inquests and COVID-19 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, coroners, delay, health, health & safety, human rights, inquests, news by sally

‘The following post was written on the morning of 26 of March 2020. Today, 27th of March, the Chief Coroner brought out Guidance 35 on hearings during the pandemic (no. 35), with the proviso that all these issues will be kept under review.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2020

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Police fine people over social distancing – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, emergency powers, enforcement, fines, health, health & safety, news, police by sally

‘Police forces in England and Wales have fined people for ignoring guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.’

Full Story

BBC News, 27th March 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Remote justice: a family perspective – Transparency Project

‘On Tuesday 17 March 2020, less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister’s announcement to the nation to avoid all non-essential contact due to COVID-19, I attended the first entirely remote hearing for the Court of Protection. I was there in a voluntary, non-official capacity to support someone I’ll call “Sarah”, whose father was at the centre of a serious medical treatment case.’

Full Story

Transparency Project, 29th March 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Majority of courts to close from Monday – Litigation Futures

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, courts, health, health & safety, live link evidence, news, tribunals by sally

‘Fewer than half of courts and tribunals will remain open for face-to-face hearings as part of efforts to maintain a “core justice system focused on the most essential cases”, the government has announced.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 27th March 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Lockdown Regulations made: restrictions and police powers – UK Police Law Blog

‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 were made at 1pm on 26 March 2020 and are now in force. They contain sweeping restrictions never before seen in peacetime in the United Kingdom. They apply to England only and expire in 6 months. They revoke and replace the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 – leaving the business closures in place.’

Full Story

UK Police Law Blog, 26th March 2020

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Home Office to hold on evicting asylum seekers during lockdown – The Guardian

‘The Home Office will stop evicting asylum seekers from government accommodation for the next three months while the UK remains in coronavirus lockdown, the British Red Cross has said.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 28th March 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Woman who coughed in police officer’s face jailed for 12 weeks – The Guardian

‘A woman has been jailed after she coughed in a police officer’s face, claiming that she had coronavirus.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 27th March 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Coronavirus: Domestic abuse victims ‘still allowed to leave home’ – BBC News

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, domestic violence, families, freedom of movement, health, news, victims by sally

‘Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help at refuges despite rules to stop coronavirus spreading, the home secretary has said.’

Full Story

BBC News, 29th March 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Joggergate: How frequently is it necessary to exercise in Wales? – UK Police Law Blog

Posted March 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, enforcement, freedom of movement, health, interpretation, news, police by sally

‘For those wishing to exercise their exercise rights, the new Coronavirus regulations treat English and Welsh joggers rather differently.’

Full Story

UK Police Law Blog, 27th March 2020

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Is Covid-19 Changing How We Think About Criminal Justice Reform? – Each Other

‘Barrister Tim Kiely examines the unexpected changes taking place within the criminal justice system amid the Covid-19 outbreak.’

Full Story

Each Other, 26th March 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Covid-19 Sample Couriers ‘Denied Face Masks’ Take Legal Action – Each Other

‘Couriers transporting Covid-19 samples across London are taking legal action against their employer over claims they are being denied hand sanitiser and face masks.’

Full Story

Each Other, 26th March 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Coronavirus cough attacks a crime, says prosecution chief – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2020 in assault, coronavirus, criminal justice, health, news by sally

‘Anyone who coughs on key workers as a threat amid the coronavirus crisis will face serious criminal charges.’

Full Story

BBC News, 26th March 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Virtual case begins as court rejects trial on papers – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court yesterday adjourned an upcoming trial, saying that the guidance on the coronavirus pandemic did not allow it to take place on the papers.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 26th March 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Conveyancing: Government urges home movers to delay – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2020 in conveyancing, coronavirus, delay, health, housing, news by sally

‘The government has urged home buyers and renters to delay moving to a new house if possible during the coronavirus lockdown and said there must be social distancing if they cannot.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 26th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK police use drones and roadblocks to enforce lockdown – The Guardian

‘A police force has defended using a drone camera to shame people into not driving into a national park during the lockdown, while another force said it was introducing roadblocks to stop drivers heading to tourist hotspots.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 26th March 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com