Coming to court can be a daunting experience for anyone, but it can be an even bigger challenge for the most vulnerable in our society, especially during the exceptional circumstances we’ve experienced through COVID-19. Our Vulnerability Action Plan details the measures we’ve taken during COVID-19 and what we’ll be doing in the future.
The Manchester super courtroom – which opened its doors at the Crown Court last month – got underway with its first large trial last week, as HMCTS passed another significant milestone in recovering our ability to hear ‘multi-hander’ trials.
[English] - [Cymraeg] The headlines on climate change are alarming. Environmental experts tell us that the world is getting warmer with more extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding likely to occur. In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a …
Fitting together all the pieces when hearing a murder trial is always challenging for the Crown Court. Add in multiple defendants and the impact of essential safety measures, and the picture becomes even more complicated. Laura Connor outlines helped hear a complex trial in this blog.
Head of Corporate Relations, Caroline Olaiya, takes time to reflect on how HMCTS has built productive relationships with stakeholders over the course of the pandemic.
Jasmine Norton highlights how HMCTS prepared for the implementation of new orders being piloted in London from July 2021 and looks at the context of the work within a wider policy perspective.
Ventilation is not something people usually pay much attention to, but since the pandemic we're all more aware of the air we breathe and how clean it is. Now, how we keep air fresh in courts and tribunals is on …
When someone close to us dies, applying for probate can be a daunting prospect at a difficult time and we know that a bad experience can add to an already stressful and sensitive situation. Since October 2019 over 60,000 applications …
Witnesses may face difficulty when required to present evidence at trial. After a successful pilot of special measures to protect vulnerable witnesses, HMCTS is rolling out section 28 across England and Wales to allow witnesses to pre-record their cross examination and preserve the course of justice.
Our journey back to normality. With the announcement from the government about COVID-19 restrictions relaxing, Kevin Sadler shares the plan for HMCTS to continue delivering justice within the new public health guidelines.
A blog from Zoe Blake, Delivery Director at HMCTS, about how Courts and Tribunals Service Centres are making a real difference to those seeking access to justice.