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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Hearings postponed on day of State Funeral

Hearings postponed on day of State Funeral


Monday 19 September will now be a bank holiday

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced that most hearings will not place on Monday 19 September 2022, following the announcement that Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral will be held that day. Monday 19 September will now be a national bank holiday.

However, urgent hearings, including overnight custody cases, will continue in consultation with the judiciary. The announcement said: “Where possible, and in consultation with the relevant judiciary, we’ll seek to list these types of hearings either side of the funeral.

“We’ll adjourn cases where defendants have been remanded in custody to appear in court on the day of the funeral to the next available date. We’ll contact all parties and inform them of their new hearing date and venue.

“All our venues, except for those holding urgent hearings, will close to the public as a mark of respect. This includes the Royal Courts of Justice, Crown Courts, County Courts, Civil and Family Courts, magistrates’ courts, tribunals, business centres and Service Centres”.

The announcement also shared details of an online book of condolence, that can be used by all court and tribunal users: the Royal Family’s online provision for books of condolence.