Dear Fellow Circuiteer,
Most of you will have heard the Prime Minister's statement this evening. I have been in correspondence tonight with our Presiding Judges and told them that advice going out from all Circuit Leaders is NOT to attend Court tomorrow (24th March) for any hearing. If you need to conduct a hearing tomorrow do so remotely. Only in truly exceptional circumstances would it ever be 'essential' to attend any type of hearing in person tomorrow.
If you are concerned about a particular case please contact me after all other efforts to attend remotely have been exhausted – by email ideally - if you need advice or assistance.
The next few weeks will be difficult and challenging - we will face them together and this will pass.
Take care of yourselves
Mark Fenhalls QC
Leader of the South Eastern Circuit