The legal system during coronavirus restrictions
Victim and witness services
There is likely to be some disruption to victim and witness services. Victims and witnesses who are already receiving support from their local services providers should contact their support service in the first instance. The Ministry of Justice has published details of specialist helplines.
Prisons and detention
Because of coronavirus you can't currently visit someone in prison.
Stay at home and use other ways to contact them.
Contact the prison directly if you want to find out how it’s operating differently because of the virus.
Courts and tribunals
If you're on the jury of a trial which is underway, it will continue, following social distancing guidelines, and you will be expected to attend unless:
- you have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection
- official government advice says you need to self-isolate because you're considered vulnerable/at risk
- there is another reason why you cannot attend.
If you meet one or more of these criteria and can no longer undertake your jury service, please contact the court.
If you have already started jury service but haven't yet been selected for a trial or you've been selected for jury duty, do not attend court unless you've been contacted by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (if you're unsure, you can call them on 0300 456 1024).
If you're a witness, please check here for the latest advice.