Family

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.

Court and tribunal forms are moving to GOV.UK

Wynne Keenan and Liz Olney talk about our plans to make it easier for users to find the forms they need by moving HMCTS forms to GOV.UK from 21 March 2018. We currently make a large number of court and tribunal published forms and guidance notes available through the form finder website. This is used by over 300,000 users each month, and has been online since 2004.

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.

Designing a public law service to meet user needs

Emma Petty, Service Manager for the Public Law project provides an update on the project, its aims, and how it will be delivered. Our Public Law project sits in the family jurisdiction and forms part of the wider HMCTS £1bn reform programme. In October 2017, we set out our intention to reform the service around taking a public law case to and through court.