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Court hearings

This content applies to England & Wales

This section looks at the practicalities involved in appearing in court, and includes information for advisers who are representing a client at a hearing.

exclamationPlease, note that from 27 March 2020, all ongoing possession proceedings are suspended for 90 days. For more information about emergency measures introduced to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit the Court and tribunal hearings page in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and housing section.

Impacts of Covid-19 on court hearings

Changes to Her Majesty‚Äôs Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) hearings, adjournments, and access to Legal Aid. 

County court legal and administrative staff

Legal and administrative staff involved in administration of County Court proceedings. 

Legal help in court

Those who can act as a legal representative in the High Court, the county courts, and tribunals. 

Court etiquette

Appropriate dress for court hearings, as well as general conduct within the court. 

Hearings in chambers or in open court

Whether a hearing takes place in the judge's room (chambers) or in open court. 

Negotiating outside court

This section gives information on negotiating with the other side prior to going into court, and looks at agreements made 'at the court door'. 

Court orders following the hearing

When the case may be struck out or the hearing adjourned, and appeals against court decisions. 

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