UK to delay crown court trials due to the coronavirus outbreak
LONDON – The head of the judiciary, also known as the Lord chief justice, announced that courts in England and Wales that deal with serious crimes shall not be commencing trials if they last over three days due to fear of spreading the coronavirus.
“Trials in the Crown Court present particular problems in a fast-developing situation because they require the presence in court of many different participants. Given the risks of a trial not being able to complete, I have decided that no new trial should start in the Crown Court unless it is expected to last for three days or less. All cases estimated to last longer than three days listed to start before the end of April 2020 will be adjourned.”
– Lord Chief Justice
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