Resumption of Court Business upon the end of the General Adjourned Period
The Judiciary had announced that the General Adjourned Period (“GAP”), which started on 29 January 2020, ended on 3 May 2020. From 4 May 2020, all court proceedings have generally resumed as safely as circumstances permit. In the same way, court and tribunal registries have also started to re-open by stages from 6 May 2020. This webpage provides important information on the relevant arrangements for reference by court users and the public.
The Judiciary would like to stress that public health and safety, including that of court users, the Judiciary’s staff and Judges and Judicial Officers (“JJOs”), continue to be paramount considerations in the handling of court operations by the Judiciary. The Judiciary will continue to put in place appropriate preventive measures to protect the health of all people who enter and remain in judiciary premises. These measures include requiring all people entering Judiciary premises to undergo body temperature checks and wear surgical masks. To maintain social distancing, capacity limits will remain in force for areas such as court registries and accounts offices to avoid crowding. Where appropriate, queuing and other crowd management arrangements will continue to be in place to regulate the people flow. Court users are advised to check the updated information on the Judiciary website and follow the advice of the Judiciary staff and security personnel when they attend for court business.
The Judiciary would endeavor to minimize the inconvenience to court users and appreciates their understanding and patience in this regard.