COVID-19 Bulletin - Law & Practice - 27.03.20

Friday 27 March 2020

Updates on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on law and practice.

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Briefing on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020: Louise Hooper of the Garden Court Civil Liberties & Human Rights Team - 27.03.20

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) Regulations 2020 came into force yesterday.  Louise Hooper explores the implications of the new regulations.

Coronavirus Act 2020 - Implications for detained psychiatric patients - Stephen Simblet QC of the Garden Court Civil Liberties and Human Rights Team - 27.03.20

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 Closure of Premises and Businesses under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (from 1 pm on 26 March 2020) - Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers

The purpose of this post is to present these new powers in digestible form.

Financial Relief for Legal Aid Practitioners - Legal Aid Agency - 27.03.20

Options available to practitioners facing cash-flow problems when carrying out legal aid work.

"Priority courts to make sure justice is served" - Ministry of Justice - 27.03.20

"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.

Contingency Planning – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary - 27.03.20

"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."

Housing possession proceedings during the Coronavirus pandemic - Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules - The Master of the Rolls and the Lord Chancellor - 27.03.30

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.

Housing possession proceedings suspended for 90 days - Law Society Gazette - 27.03.20

"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."

COVID-19: Temporary Amendments to the Practice Guidance on Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings - President of the Family Division - 27.03.20


Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government - 26.03.20

"The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)."

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme - 26.3.20

"Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus."

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