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Covid forces courts to cut back services

Bermuda’s courts have had to cut back services in the wake of the latest surge of Covid-19 cases.

Under new policies released by the Supreme Court this morning, the swearing of affidavits, certification of copies and criminal records checks will be suspended until further notice.

Members of the public will not be allowed into the courts unless they are involved in proceedings or they are the guardians of juveniles who are.

The courts will consider requests or applications for adjournments because of health concerns, but such requests should be made as soon as possible.

The Supreme Court Registries will only be open for general filings between 8.30am and 1pm and searches of the Cause Book will not be allowed unless it is urgent.

Magistrates’ Court trials, sentencings and bail applications and warrant matters will continue to be heard in person, along with anyone who is appearing in court to answer charges.

Other matters will be held remotely unless the defendant is not represented by a lawyer or cannot attend remotely.

Unrepresented defendants who cannot appear in Magistrates’ Court because of quarantine or Covid-19 symptoms should immediately tell the courts so they may be given permission to appear remotely or have the matter adjourned.

The Magistrates’ Court cashier’s desk will only be open between 9.30am and 1pm, and the court will only receive filings during the same period.

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Published March 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Updated March 29, 2021 at 2:01 pm)

Covid forces courts to cut back services

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