Legislative changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act now allow British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters to enter the jury deliberation room as a thirteenth person. We caught up with Karen, who made history last year at Croydon Crown Court becoming the first deaf person to complete jury service.
Court and tribunal reform
Mike Williams, Deputy Director of Service Excellence at HMCTS, writes about how we are improving court accessibility and supporting people who have disabilities or require reasonable adjustments.
In the first episode of our brand new podcast Inside HMCTS, we discuss the benefits of a modernised divorce process.
Luc Altmann, HMCTS Head of Insight shares how we’re assessing access to justice in our reformed services and using the information to improve outcomes for court users.
Mala Nair, acting Operations Manager at the Court of Protection, writes about how it helps people who cannot make decisions for themselves.
Nick Goodwin, CEO of HMCTS, provides an update on the progress and performance within our criminal courts.
Our business architecture team is sharing knowledge and learning from its work on the HMCTS Reform Programme with other public sector bodies.
Last week’s attendance at United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe events provided a global platform for HMCTS to share knowledge, challenges and learning from countries with shared ambitions for modernising justice systems.
We’ve launched animated video guides to support children going to court and improve the experience for the most vulnerable.
Amar tells us about his work with our counterparts in India, sharing learnings from our respective justice transformation programmes.