A reasonable excuse to leave home, as permitted by the guidelines includes the fulfillment of legal duties and obligations. This could include anything from attending court as a witness, lawyer, or jury member or seeking legal advice. There is also strong support in the guidelines for anyone from anyone leaving or attempting to leave an abusive relationship.
Lord chancellor Robert Buckland QC MP was quoted as saying: "Our courts & tribunals continue to be an essential public service, served by essential workers and meeting Covid-secure standards endorsed by public health officials. With the use of remote hearings wherever appropriate, this vital work can and should continue."
The current position is in direct contrast when compared with the situation back during the initial lockdown in March. During this time less than 40% of courts and tribunals were kept open for time-critical or essential hearings that could not be conducted remotely.
Chris Philp MP confirmed that court and tribunal hearings, including trials by jury, can still take place either in the court building or remotely. He added that "Professional users, jurors, and witnesses should continue to attend. We are grateful for all you do to ensure access to justice."
Over £110m had been spent recently to ensure that the courts are safe, with restrictions in place to help stop the spread. Everyone attending court should wear a face mask.