All court users in England are being asked by HM Courts & Tribunal Services (HMCTS) to wear face coverings in court and tribunals buildings from today (27 July).

Individuals are exempt if they have a “practical reason” not to wear one, such as a disability or health issue or it causes the user severe distress; or where a deaf person needs to read an individual’s lips.

Face coverings can be removed when the individual is speaking but the two-metre social distancing rule must still be strictly adhered to.

But David Greene, vice president of the Law Society, expressed concern that courts are getting busier.

He said: “It is difficult in many court buildings to maintain social distancing in ...

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