Court and tribunal reform
Our estate is complex. We occupy a range of different types of buildings, including older and listed buildings which are not always easy to use, so need modernising to make them fit for purpose. When I first joined the organisation …
Have you ever stopped to consider what the criminal justice system looks like through the eyes of a victim? Or a witness?
Common Platform is the case management system being implemented in our criminal courts. It’s at the heart of our large-scale plans to reform the justice system.
Stopped probate applications can take more than double the amount of administrative time to issue compared to those we can issue on our first attempt. We could increase the number of grants issued by over 50,000 each year for practitioners if we work together to reduce the number of stopped applications.
As part of our commitment to open justice, we're developing a new service that will modernise and improve how members of the public, the media and legal professionals find court and tribunal hearing lists.
Kevin Sadler, Acting CEO of HMCTS, sent a letter of thanks to colleagues working in the justice system for their continued dedication, professionalism and support of courts and tribunals and all those who use them.
Eve Miller discusses how we make sure our services are accessible for everyone and shares the feedback recently provided by a juror.
Our tribunals hear about a million cases each year and no matter what type of case someone is involved in, the experience can have a huge impact on their life. Many people deal with their own case without legal support, which can add to the stress of the situation. There’s a human story behind every hearing.
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.
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.