Nigel Bird, the DCJ for Greater Manchester issued the following on 1 June 2020:
- Following careful consideration and assessment of the relevant risks and how they can safely be mitigated, HMCTS has decided to open 7 courts at the CJC from the week of 15 June 2020, 3 of those courts will be dedicated to civil hearings and 4 to family. Decisions in respect of Wigan and Stockport are expected soon.
- There is no sign of a swift to return to normal working practices. It is likely that resources will be limited and stretched for some time. During this transitional period, as we work towards returning to business-as-usual, it will be important to use court resources as efficiently as possible.
- High Court civil cases will be dealt with individually.
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