Updates on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on law and practice.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) Regulations 2020 came into force yesterday. Louise Hooper explores the implications of the new regulations.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CVA 2020) will significantly affect the position of those detained for psychiatric purposes. This is both procedurally, in that there is a significant relaxation of the medical expertise that is required prior to someone being compulsorily admitted, and substantively, in that people can be detained for longer.
The purpose of this post is to present these new powers in digestible form.
Options available to practitioners facing cash-flow problems when carrying out legal aid work.
"A network of priority courts will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively." List of those buildings remaining open can be found here.
"Due to the challenges faced at this time the work of courts and tribunals will be consolidated into fewer buildings, maintaining the safety of all in the courts and in line with public health advice."
The Master of the Rolls and the Lord Chancellor have signed Practice Direction 51Z (PD) in relation to housing possession proceedings during the Coronavirus pandemic. It follows the Coronavirus Act 2020 emergency legislation and complements the provisions herein to prevent imminent evictions and delay possession proceedings.
"All housing possession proceedings have been suspended for 90 days after solicitors collected hard data showing lack of a consistent approach among county courts dealing with cases during the coronavirus crisis."
The Government Legal Department (GLD) has asked for any documentation to be sent to the agency by e-mail rather than post, to avoid handling of materials.
"The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)."
"Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus."