Courts will continue to operate during the four-week period of lockdown that is expected to take effect across England this week, while people required to attend court will be allowed to travel as necessary.

In a joint statement, the lord chief justice and the senior president of tribunals said: “It is vital for the well-being of the country that the administration of justice continues to operate. The legal profession, the parties, jurors, witnesses, judges, magistrates and court staff are all key workers, vital to the continued running of the courts and tribunals in this proposed period of renewed significant restrictions.

HMCTS intends that judges and magistrates continue to make “full use” of remote hearings to allow the flow of cases to continue as efficiently as possible. It hopes that this will go some way to preventing a further backlog of cases building up.

The statement continued: “We have every confidence that in the coming very difficult period, with the support of all those who contribute to the running of the courts, collectively we will remain equal to the many challenges ahead.”

The Law Society Gazette predicts the majority of legal professionals will continue to work remotely until December at least, with those lawyers who do not need to attend court, and who can work effectively from home, advised to do so.

Fraser and Fraser remains fully operational and is here to deal with any probate or missing beneficiary queries you may have during this exceptional time. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with business development manager Nick Howitt. We are able to offer all our services remotely and we have secure video conferencing facilities.