CBA Announcement – 12.01.21

The CBA’s position is that safety is paramount, that CVP must now be the default position for all non-trial hearings; that testing and vaccinations are implemented as a matter of emergency and that there is a centralised system of track and trace synchronised across the court estate to protect the Criminal Bar and prevent the spread of infection between courts. It has to be borne in mind that amongst the most vulnerable to infection are criminal barristers who travel long distances to many courts throughout England and Wales. If these measures are not put in place, there will come a point when the courts become too unsafe to continue. It will be a matter for Chambers and the judgement of individual barristers as to when that stage has been reached.

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