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MoJ message re January 2021 lockdown

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Male Survivors Partnership
Jonny Gutteridge
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We have had an emailed letter from Catherine Hinwood, Deputy Director of the MoJ Victims & Witness Unit, which you may have already received through other channels. In summary its messages are:

> As before, people can leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm.

> Charities and workers delivering key frontline services are considered critical workers. Their activities do not breach the ‘stay at home’ rules, as long as they comply with the instruction that “Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support but they must take place at a premises other than a private home”.

> The children of critical workers must have access to full time education provision.

> The definition of essential service extends to court proceedings, so support workers, victims and witnesses are free to travel to attend court where required.

Disclaimer: this information does not constitute legal advice from MSP – please check the full text of the attached letter (see download link to the right).