At the present time the Courts are unable to conduct jury trials. Efforts are underway to the increase the capacity of the work in the courts. But on any view it is going to be some time before jury trials begin again. In the meantime practitioners should pay close attention to the merits of cases that are pending trial, identifying those cases in which compromise would be appropriate. Any case that is capable of resolution will be capable of being concluded.

During the pandemic a number of Guidelines and Practice Directions have been issued.

On this page we set those out together with other relevant documents including support material provided by the Northern Circuit Coronavirus Task Force.

Court Material

Resumption of Jury Trials - Joint statement by Circuit Leaders (12.05.20)

Chester Crown Court Guidance (11.05.20)

Chester Crown Court - DCS Guidance

R v Manning (Lord Chief Justice: Relevance of COVID19 : Suspended sentence)

Letter from the Recorder of Leeds 7th May 2020

Lancashire Crown Courts - Sentencing of Defendants who are on bail (effective 11.05.20)

Lancashire Crown Courts - Guidance Note on Listing Arrangements (effective 11.05.20)

Manchester & Bolton Crown Courts - Guidance Note - Defendants on Bail (01.05.20)

Liverpool Crown Court - Guidance Note  - section 28 hearings (effective 11.05.20)

Liverpool Crown Court- Guidance Note (v4 22.04.20)

Liverpool Guidance Note on Remote Hearings (V.3 15.04.20)

Liverpool Guidance Note on extension of time apps

Liverpool Guidance Note on Remote Hearings

Revised Protocol for CTL Cases

Summary Table - Remote Hearings

BT MeetMe -Presider's Direction - Dove J

CPS Note on Fees

Skype for Business -Presider's Direction - Dove J

Northern Circuit - Practitioner's Guide  - Skype for Business

Liverpool Skype Guide

Liverpool Guidance Note - HHJ Menary QC, Honorary Recorder of Liverpool

Lancashire Listing Arrangements

Message from HHJ Brown, Honorary Recorder of Preston

Message from HHJ Everett, Honorary Recorder of Chester

Review of Court Arrangements  - COVID19 - Lord Chief Justice

CTF & Other Material

Bar Council Criminal Billing Seminar

Manually granting Skype for Business access to Mac microphone

Interview Protocol

St George's Hall

     Circuit Lead

     Tim Storrie QC

     Lucy Wright

      Useful Links

      Criminal Bar Association

      CPS Covid19 Updates