Court backlog of criminal cases tops half a million

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Courts face a backlog of more than half a million criminal cases as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, official estimates show. The number of cases waiting to be heard by magistrates shot up 22% between the week ending March 8 and May 17 to around 484,000, according to provisional data published by the Ministry […]

New Coronavirus Regulations come in force today

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Face coverings on public transport – and for hospital staff, outpatients and visitors – will be compulsory in England from today. More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to make sure people comply. Passengers without a covering will be asked to wear one, or will face being refused onboard […]

‘No-fault’ divorce bill backed by MPs

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A bill introducing “no-fault” divorces in England and Wales has been backed by MPs. It passed its first hurdle in the Commons by 231 votes to 16 against, following a debate. How to get a divorce Currently, in order to start divorce proceedings immediately, one spouse has to allege adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion has […]

More courts reopen this week with strict social-distancing

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HM Courts & Tribunals Service is reopening another 16 courts this week after they were deemed to be suitable for holding socially-distanced hearings. Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC said the latest development will give people confidence justice can continue to be done safely. Approximatley 160 Courts have remained open during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the […]

New COVID-19 travel rules come into force today

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New rules requiring all people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days have come into effect. Travellers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train now have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival or risk being prosecuted and fined if they do not comply. Surprise visits will be used to check […]

Coronavirus: Legal advice & representation

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Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, our lawyers are still providing 24/7 legal advice and representation. Although our offices are closed to the public, we are able to arrange appointments for new and existing clients by Skype, Microsoft Teams, Facetime and Facebook Messenger. The Courts are operating at an extremely reduced capacity with most hearings being adjourned and […]