Courts continue with Covid-19 measures


Measures to protect the island’s courts from Covid-19 will continue as long as the island remains in the first phase of a return to normal life, the Supreme Court Registrar said today.

Alexandra Wheatley said that coronavirus policies imposed on May 4 and scheduled to end last Friday will continue.

The restrictions include limited services at the island’s courts, the adjournment of non-urgent cases and hygiene requirements for people who have to enter court buildings.

Ms Wheatley said the measures will remain unchanged until the island moves on to phase two of the reopening process, expected to begin later this week.

She added: “As Bermuda continues to battle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the court will continue transitioning its reopening to providing full services.

The desk at the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building on Court Street, Hamilton, is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 12.30pm, but people were asked to make payments through online banking or by card on the phone instead.

Anyone who enters a court building will have to wear a mask or have other “appropriate covering” and sanitise their hands.

Anyone who shows signs of illness, such as coughing, will not be allowed in.

Only ten people at a time will be allowed to enter the court building to make payments and they should stay at least six feet apart.

People should also bring their own pen to sign documents.

The Supreme Court Registries will remain closed to the public and only urgent searches of cause books are allowed.

Services, such as the swearing of affidavits, certifying copies and criminal records checks are also still suspended.

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Published May 18, 2020 at 3:14 pm (Updated May 18, 2020 at 3:14 pm)

Courts continue with Covid-19 measures

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