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Disruption to Court Business – Coronavirus Impact

Having the right legal advice at the right time is crucial. Our expert team offers clear, concise and problem-solving legal advice aimed at addressing any concerns you may have in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on pending or ongoing litigation.

The Lord Chief Justice and the courts are implementing business continuity arrangements in order to mitigate any health risks as a result of Covid-19 whilst maintaining the administration of justice.

A number of measures have been implemented, namely:

  1. The courts are working to increase the amount of court business that can be dealt with by way of video link, skype or telephone conference.
  2. Judges will therefore not require the attendance at courts of persons who do not need to be there or who express individual concerns. This includes individuals where it may be sufficient for their legal representatives to attend on their behalf.
  3. Judges will however continue to deal with urgent applications and priority proceedings which typically involve the immediate liberty, health, safety and wellbeing of individuals.
  4. There will be no further oral hearings by Chancery or Probate Masters.
  5. Applications for adjournments may be dealt with administratively by way of correspondence in writing or by email.

As the situation evolves, we will endeavour to keep you fully informed, however, we understand this is an uncertain time so please do not hesitate to get in touch with Emma Hunt, Head of our Commercial Litigation team or your normal Mills Selig contact to discuss.


Emma Hunt


Mills Selig
21 Arthur Street
Belfast, BT1 4GA
Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0) 28 9024 3878

20 March 2020


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