Has the UK government clearly identified the justice system’s ‘keyworkers?’?


Liam Patell
University of Oxford
26 Mar 2020

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  • 28 Mar 2020
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    Yes: Although guidance may change as events evolve, the Ministry of Jusice stated on Sunday that legal keyworkers are:

    “Advocates (including solicitor-advocates) required to appear before a court or tribunal (remotely or in person), including prosecutors;

    Other legal practitioners required to support the administration of justice including duty solicitors (police station and court) and barristers, solicitors, legal executives, paralegals and others who work on imminent or ongoing court or tribunal hearings;

    Solicitors acting in connection with the execution of wills; and

    Solicitors and barristers advising people living in institutions or deprived of their liberty.”

    In addition some legal practitioners may fall into these categories for a limited time only.

    If, as a result of school closures and the necessity of continued work, keyworkers cannot have children safely looked after in their home, then they will be “prioritised for education provision at schools and nurseries.”



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