The guidance states that judges can consider audio or video links in certain circumstances, such as when a defendant does not need to attend an application to appeal bail refusal in person, or in preliminary and enforcement hearings.
Following several reports of filthy toilet facilities, which prompted the victims' commissioner for London to intervene, HMCTS said its buildings are cleaned every day and it will ‘respond swiftly’ to complaints about poor hygiene.
The guidance says: 'We know how important it is for all court users – professional and public – to have confidence that they are using a building that is clean and safe. NHS advice is for people to wash their hands with soap and water, which is available in all courts and tribunals. Given the importance of handwashing at the moment, our cleaners will give extra attention to checking bathrooms and handwashing facilities.
'We recently changed our security policy to allow people to also bring hand sanitiser into our buildings - our security officers will ask you to use it to prove it’s not harmful.'