After a series of meetings we are pleased to report that a set of principles for court deployment has now been agreed with our employer. These measures cover attendance at both the magistrates and crown courts.
This briefing should be read in conjunction with others issued over the last 2 weeks
We recognise that OCS members have been facing serious and significant issues and challenges in relation to health and safety in the workplace. PCS has made repeated attempts to resolve these issues and ensure that members' health, safety and well-being are the number one priority.
HMCTS have advised that they did not get any advance disclosure of the Government Recovery Strategy. They confirmed they would be making no changes to the current position until they had had an opportunity to analyse the documentation from the government.
Nine courts had been identified for the recommencement of jury trials. HMCTS have assessed those nine and determined that seven are suitable. They are the Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) , Bristol, Winchester, Manchester Minshull Street, Cardiff, Warwick and Reading.