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.
At Hendon Magistrates’ Court, in the London Borough of Barnet, available space is providing vital extra support to nearby Wood Green Crown Court. The building has been transformed to host jury trials for the first time which, given the numbers of people involved, requires a larger space.
[English] - [Cymraeg] Sobriety tags, or Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) as they are formally known, generated a lot of media interest when their introduction came into law in England at the end of March. Many positive reports focused …
Recovery from the pandemic in the criminal courts in Wales follows the same principles as those across the border in England. Our efforts since the pandemic hit have focused on: maximising the use of our existing estate providing additional capacity …
Katie Dean, HMCTS Deputy Service Manager, Single Justice Service, talks about how the single justice procedure has been adapted to deal with the demands of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A blog from Ester Franklin-Smith – Deputy Crime Service Manager, HMCTS, about the importance of jury service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alison Mead, HMCTS Crime Service Manager, blogs about our progress in holding trials with multiple defendants.
Steven Chapman discusses the successes and advancements of MyHMCTS since it's launch in 2020, reviewing the differences made for professional users, additional services on MyHMCTS and support for the future.
In this blog, Camilla Lees provides an update on the Professional Users’ Access Scheme and how it’s supporting recovery efforts in our courts and tribunals.
In this blog, Tim Coates, Head of the Prisoner Escort Custody Service (PECS) and Claire Medhurst, Deputy Director of Intelligent Client Capability at HMCTS, describe the steps that are being taken to ensure custody suites in court are safe for all who use them, as well as the measures in place when producing defendants to a court hearing from prison.