President’s Announcement Re Supreme Court Arrangements for Hilary Term

The Supreme Court proposes that the hearing of appeals in January will be held remotely. This is necessary in light of the present and anticipated impact on staff, judges, lawyers and litigants of Covid 19 and in order to protect the health of all persons coming to court.

Parties will be provided with remote hearing access details and the Guidance and Protocols concerning such hearings remain in force.

Any party is entitled to make an application for a hearing to proceed in person.

Case management hearings and other court business will continue to be conducted remotely.

The position in this regard will be kept under review and it is intended to return to in person appeal hearings as soon as that is feasible.

The above notice can be read on the Courts Service website here.