The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 came into force on 29 March 2021. The regulations can be accessed here, a summary of which can be found below.
We have produced the following documents to assist sector practitioners in understanding the impact of Coronavirus-related legislation:
- Summary of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (as amended by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
- Summary of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
- Obtaining Court Records for Access to Information and Intermediary work during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Unlawful placements, unregulated placements and 'other arrangements'
The Judiciary has issued advice and guidance for Family and County Court Judges, guidance on operating a remote access family court, and a document setting out priorities in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.
The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory have reported on ‘remote hearings’ and the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has commented on that report.
HMCTS have revised the statement of priorities relating to court office work so that ‘adoption orders’ are now in the category of ‘work that will be done’.