We are working with the local Designated Civil Judges [HHJ Beech, HHJ Bird and HHJ Wood KC] and the Presiding Judge (Civil) [Mrs Justice Yip] to try and ensure that as many hearings as possible proceed efficiently and fairly for all participants.  This is a challenge as judges, practitioners and court staff adjust to the demands and limitations imposed by remote hearings.  However, the Circuit remains committed to working in partnership with the judiciary and the court staff at all levels to try and keep the civil justice system moving forwards.

 An informal working group has been set up under the leadership of HHJ Sephton KC to monitor listing and arrangements for remote hearings in the Greater Manchester Courts.  Richard Whitehall and Jamie Hill represent the Circuit on that working group.

 During the pandemic a number of Guidelines and Practice Directions have been issued.  We have set those out on this page together with other relevant documents including support material provided by the Northern Circuit Coronavirus Task Force.

 Members of the Circuit should not hesitate to contact Richard Whitehall or Jamie Hill if they have any questions or concerns about arrangements for civil hearings on Circuit.

Court Material

Manchester CJC-  Rapid Testing 

National Lockdown  - note from HHJ Bird, DCJ  Greater Manchester (12.02.21)

Blackpool County and Magistrates Court - Positive COVID Test

Face coverings in courts & tribunals (23.07.20)

Courts & Tribunals Recovery (01.07.20)

Manchester CJC - Next Steps in Dealing with Civil Litigation - HHJ Nigel Bird (03.06.20)

Liverpool COVID19 Guidance - May 2020- HHJ Graham Wood QC

Liverpool Formal COVID19 Control Measures Face to Face Hearings May 2020

Administrative Court Guidelines - COVID 19

Letter from HHJ Beech DCJ for Cumbria and Lancashire with Orders

Northern Circuit Guidance to Civil Practitioners-Manchester CJC

118th Practice Direction to the Civil Procedure Rules - COVID 19

Manchester COVID Order (HHJ Bird 31.03.20)

Merseyside and Cheshire (HHJ Wood QC)

Practice Direction on Video or Audio Hearings

Guidance on how to Conduct Remote Hearings 

CTF & Other Material

Civil Justice Council Report on Guideline Hourly Rates (January 2021)

Civil Justice Council Report  - COVID 19 (05.06.20)

Manchester CJC Visit (29.05.20)

Northern Circuit Response to the Rapid Consultation

Rapid Consultation -Northern Circuit CTF Response Sheet WORD

Rapid Consultation ( Civil Justice Council & The Legal Education Foundation) 

Civil Trial by Video: Do's and Don'ts (15.04.20)

CTF Guide to Remote Hearings in Civil Cases

CTF Update 01.04.20

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