Susan Acland-Hood

Humanising the Justice System

A blog post from Susan Acland-Hood in which she talks about HMCTS co-hosting (with the Society for Computers and Law) the first international forum on online courts. The event will run over two days, and will provide an opportunity to showcase the cutting edge of digital reform from jurisdictions around the world.

Video hearings put to the test

A blog post from Susan Acland-Hood that talk about the results of the independent process evaluation into the video hearing pilot. The pilot has been testing user experiences - of the appellant, judges and officials in HMRC – of those participating in a real hearing in a tax tribunal.

Building improvements underway as we overcome extra challenges caused by bad weather

A blog by Susan Acland-Hood in which she details how some of our courts and tribunals buildings can be uncomfortable and difficult to use, even at the best of times. Susan confirms we are well aware of these challenges, and we’re doing everything we can with the resources available to improve the situation now and in the longer term through our reform programme.

Video hearings can make a difference for court and tribunal users

Susan Acland-Hood explains that one important part of our overall reform programme to build a more modern, accessible and efficient justice system, is to enable our courts to make greater use of video technology. Susan details that with increasing sophistication in the technology available, we believe it can play an even greater role in the future and in particular, could enable some hearings to take place without the need for a physical courtroom altogether.

Successful reform roadshows - more dates announced...

Susan Acland-Hood talks about our first three legal professional roadshows and how they were full of ideas, commitment and challenge that discussed the overall reform programme with a particular focus on scheduling and listing practice, flexible operating hours and virtual hearings.

Susan Acland-Hood sets out our priorities for the next phase of courts and tribunals reform

A blog post from Susan Acland-Hood in which she talks about what is planned on courts and tribunals reform over the next 18 months. This includes taking the things we’ve begun to develop so far and building them out further.

Next steps in testing our proposals for court hours pilots

Susan Acland-Hood confirms that today, we are publishing the invitation to tender for an independent organisation to provide an effective assessment of the pilots along with a supporting prospectus, which sets out the rationale for testing flexible court operating hours, and invites views on the detail of how the pilots can best be carried out.