Posted on 16th July 2021 at 15:10
It is understood that plastic screens and face masks will continue to be a requirement in courts after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted next week.
From Monday 19 July, face coverings will continue to be worn in staffed and communal areas of court buildings, and screens and barriers will remain in place. However, while judges may decide that some form of distancing is necessary between the public and jurors in long trials, there will be ‘minimal’ social distancing in court buildings.
The removal of restrictions could become counterproductive to efforts to beat the backlogs if members of staff are required to self-isolate, or if a jury is lost mid-trial because of a Covid contact