We have been sent the following update, dated Friday 11 September 2020.
Operational update regarding Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre
On Tuesday morning (8 September 2020), we became aware of 4 members of staff who have developed symptoms of COVID-19. All were told to have a COVID-19 Test and self- isolate until the results were known.
Currently, two of these tests were returned negative, one is outstanding, and one is still to be undertaken.
We continue to advise all court users who came to Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre on Monday 7 September to monitor their own health and look out for any Covid-19 symptoms such as cough, fever or loss of taste/smell. COVID-19 Public health guidance is available on GOV.uk.
Our current expectation is that Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre will be open as normal during week commencing Monday 14 September.
Helen Andrews MBE
Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre
See below the text of a notice (attached) to court users about covid 19 from HMCTS. It affects anyone who was at the court on 7 September 2020. At the time of writing it does not appear the court will be closed but we will post any update that we become aware of on this site once we have it.
On the morning of 8 September 2020, we became aware of four members of staff who have developed symptoms of COVID-19. All have been told to have a COVID-19 Test and self- isolate until the results are known.
As a precautionary step we will be closing off specific parts of the building to undertake Section 16 cleans.
We advise all court users who came to Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre on Monday, 7th September to monitor their own health and look out for any Covid-19 symptoms such as cough, fever or loss of taste/smell. COVID-19 Public health guidance is available on GOV.uk.
We understand the level of concern this will generate for court and tribunal users and we are taking this situation very seriously. We will respond in a way that is responsible, proportionate and consistent with NHS and public health advice. The measures we have put in place in all our buildings, as part of our COVID-19 risk management arrangements, are extensive and satisfy public health guidelines for a COVID-secure environment; these include social distancing, modified search on entry procedures, wearing of face coverings in all public areas and frequent cleaning. Our buildings are not considered ‘close contact’ settings.
This information is being shared with the local justice partners and professional court users.
Our current expectation is that Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre will be open as normal on Wednesday, 9 September.
If you are attending a hearing at the family court in Bristol in the near future, whether as a witness or party, this video will show you the Covid safety arrangements in place.
Following on from the guidance given by the Lord Chief Justice and the President of the Family Division today [yesterday] the Judiciary and staff at Bristol are assessing as quickly as possible which hearings can take place using the telephone, skype or video facilities and which hearings will still remain listed as an attended hearing. We will notify the parties in any case in which the current listing is changed.
Can I assure you that we are aware of all relevant guidance and do not need to be referred to it. At the moment the court staff are receiving so many references to guidance and requests for information that they cannot possibly respond and it is delaying the process of assessing current listings.
We ask you to bear with us during this most difficult of times and only to e-mail/contact the court when it is truly necessary.
HHJ Cotter QC
Designated Civil Judge for Avon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
PS – we’ve checked. This advice applies to family cases too.
We’ve been asked to post the following information by the Court Service.
There is now a published gov.uk page providing high-level advice to court and tribunal users about the HMCTS response to coronavirus :
This page will be updated with new lines as and when the situation develops or when HMCTS has new information.
THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Are you between 18-65 and looking for a volunteering role that REALLY makes a difference?
Could you be a Family Court Magistrate?
Helping to make the lives of children better.
Dealing with cases relating to children, solving problems and making decisions that try to keep children safe and protect them from harm. Working as a bench of three, taking advice from a trained Legal Advisor, Children & Family Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS) and the child’s guardian.
Typical cases include child protection and intervention in cases where parents have been separated.
If you are interested in applying to be a Family magistrate please attend one of the open day drop in sessions to find out more about the role and what is involved. Open days being held:
- Monday 23 March 2020 btw 4-6 pm @Bristol Civil Justice Centre 2 Redcliff Street Bristol, BS1 6GR
- Thursday 26 March 2020 btw 4-6 pm @Taunton Magistrates Court, St John’s Road Taunton TA1 4AX
- Tuesday 31 March 2020 btw 4-6 pm @ Gloucestershire Family Court Kimbrose Way Gloucester GL1 2DE
Interest from all the diverse sections of our community is welcomed.
Find out more or apply now at gov.uk/become-magistrate.