Courts, Tribunals and Local Authority Procedures, and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2020

Closed 14 Sep 2020

Opened 17 Aug 2020


During the COVID-19 pandemic Government, Local Authorities and the Courts all worked under the provisions of the Emergency Powers Act 1936.  Some positive operational changes to practices and protocols were made under the Emergency Powers Act 1936, it is proposed that these be retained and made permanent.

On 26 June 2020 Tynwald approved the Emergency Powers (Coronavirus) (Continuation) (No 2) Regulations 2020. The Regulations remain in operation for 6 months from the last day of the proclamation, which was the 26 June.  This means that on the 26 December 2020 any regulations (and therefore changes) made under the Emergency Powers Act will no longer be in operation.

In order to preserve improved ways of working, to place previous actions and decisions made during the emergency period on permanent legal footing and to prepare for a future pandemic, the Courts, Tribunals and Local Authority Procedures, and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2020 has been prepared in order to enact in primary legislation the relevant parts of the emergency regulations. 

Briefly these provide for;

  • The use of live television link in court proceedings
  • The use and application of Bail
  • Local Authority appointments and decisions
  • The use of Government Facilities
  • The future sharing of duties and information across Government Departments
  • The regulations and written protocols for operating within a pandemic

You can view the draft Bill in full below, and for ease of reference we have broken the Bill into its separate parts  to enable comments and views to be given on each.  Please read each section carefully.

Along with the provisions contained within the draft Bill, we are also seeking comments and views on the wording/phrasing used.      

Please note this is a draft of the bill for consultation purposes, and as such, there are a small number of sections awaiting some information or policy to be determined. 



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