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Criminal justice (including courts, prison and probation)

Are the courts in England and Wales still functioning during the COVID-19 restrictions?

You can find information about the changes that have been implemented to arrangements for court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic on the government website at: 

Witnesses services support

You can find information about the Witness Service and the help Citizens Advice can provide on the Ministry of Justice website:


Prison visiting and contact arrangements

Information on prison arrangements and COVID-19 including visiting and contact arrangements can be accessed via


Information for voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system

Please visit the Clinks website where they have published helpful advice and support for those working in voluntary sector of the criminal justice system: