The Government has confirmed that keyworkers include those “essential to the running of the justice system”. On Friday (20 March), the Ministry of Justice shared a list of key workers within this category.
The MoJ would like to provide further clarification of those legal practitioners covered within this category who are essential to the running of the justice system, and, in particular, the courts and tribunals:
- 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
- Solicitors and barristers advising people living in institutions or deprived of their liberty
Only legal practitioners who work on the types of matters, cases and hearings listed above, will be permitted to be classified as a keyworker.
In addition, some legal practitioners will intermittently fall into this category because they need to provide advice or attend a hearing for an urgent matter relating, for example, to safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, or a public safety matter. For the limited time required to deliver this work, a legal practitioner will be a key worker.
As the Government has said, many parents who are key workers may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child that can safely be cared for at home, should be.
As events evolve this guidance may change. Please ensure you regularly check this and other Government guidance for the most up to date information.