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Court and tribunal reform

Celebrating inclusivity: Deaf jurors in our courts

Deaf juror with BSL interpreter in courtroom

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.

Improving accessibility in our courts and tribunals

Hand of young supportive person supporting colleague

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.

Benefits of international collaboration on modernising justice systems

Flags flying outside the United Nations (UN) in Vienna

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.

How the Indian justice system and HMCTS are working together to share knowledge on justice reform

A group of people working in a conference room. Desks have microphones, bottles of water and are decorated with flowers.

Amar tells us about his work with our counterparts in India, sharing learnings from our respective justice transformation programmes.