Defendants in court are classed as key workers so children can continue going ...

Defendants in court are classed as key workers so their children can continue going to school, ministers confirm Defendants 'count as key workers', wrote justice minister Chris Philip on Monday He said jurors, witnesses and lawyers are also entitled to send children to school Measures in March did not specify defendants could apply for key worker status List was updated earlier this week after PM announced England's third lockdown

By David Barrett Home Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:24 GMT, 6 January 2021 | Updated: 00:24 GMT, 6 January 2021

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Defendants are classed as key workers and can carry on sending their children to school while they’re in the dock, ministers have confirmed.

Anyone facing trial can apply to their children’s school for a place – which will help to clear the backlog of cases in criminal courts.

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Asked whether defendants could apply, justice minister Chris Philp wrote on

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