Around 100 courtrooms closing every week due to ‘endemic’ dilapidation, warns Lady Chief Justice – The Independent

‘Dilapidation is “endemic” in Britain’s crumbling court system, with around 100 unplanned courtroom closures every week exacerbating trial delays, the head of the judiciary has warned.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2024

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Chief Coroner’s Report: The coroner service 10 years post-reform – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 15th, 2024 in budgets, coroners, HM Courts Service, inquests, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The Chief Coroner has published a report reflecting on the impact of the reforms to the coroner service that came into effect 10 years ago, the current state of the service and its challenges for the future.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 11th January 2024

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Chief coroner calls for new bout of modernisation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 15th, 2024 in budgets, coroners, HM Courts Service, inquests, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The chief coroner has called for another overhaul of a service that has become a postcode lottery following deep cuts to local authority funding.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th January 2024

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Delays at Probate Service starting to ease, says minister – Legal Futures

Posted January 12th, 2024 in delay, government departments, HM Courts Service, news, probate, statistics by sally

‘Delays at the Probate Service are shortening in the wake of a “distinct improvement in recruitment, competency, productivity and call handling”, the government said this week.’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2024

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MPs launch inquiry into lengthening probate delays – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2023 in complaints, delay, HM Courts Service, inquiries, news, select committees by tracey

‘MPs have launched an inquiry into probate in the wake of mounting concern about how long the process is taking, with HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) admitting to rising levels of complaints.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2023

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Government to introduce compulsory mediation for small claims – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice is to introduce compulsory mediation for small claims valued up to £10,000, starting with specified money claims.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2023

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Public confidence in justice system at risk due to delayed reforms, MPs warn – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2023 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, delay, HM Courts Service, news, victims by tracey

‘Public confidence in the justice system is at risk of being undermined by the courts and tribunals service amid delays to key reforms, MPs have warned in a scathing report.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2023

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Delays to rape trials in England and Wales ‘devastating’ for victims – The Guardian

‘Long delays and a massive increase in the rescheduling of rape trials are having a devastating impact on victims’ mental health and leading some victims to take their own lives, according to a major new report.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2023

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Justice system ‘put at risk’ by Ministry of Justice’s data-sharing project – Daily Telegraph

‘UK courts’ software system is accused of unlawful detentions and wrongful arrests, and whistle-blowers say the system is faulty and unsafe.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2022

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It tears barristers like me apart to strike, but the government has left us no choice Simon Spence – The Guardian

“The walkout in England and Wales is not merely about pay: it is about a criminal justice system that has been left to crumble.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2022

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Domestic abusers barred from cross-examining victims in family and civil courts – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims of domestic abuse can be spared from being cross-examined by their alleged attackers in family and civil courts under measures coming into force today (21 July 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st July 2022

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Public uncomfortable with tech firms’ use of court data – Legal Futures

‘Less than a fifth (18%) of the public are comfortable with the use of data from the courts by tech companies, a major study has found.’

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Legal Futures, 21st July 2022

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Media reporters’ Charter – open justice, but only for some – Transparency Project

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in codes of practice, courts, HM Courts Service, media, news by sally

‘A new “Reporters’ Charter” outlining the rights and responsibilities of court reporters has been launched to boost transparency in the justice system, according an announcement by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The charter, part of the General guidance to staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals, was developed by the Media Lawyers Association and HM Courts and Tribunals Service and unveiled at the Society of Editors Annual Conference on 11 May 2022.’

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Transparency Project, 22nd May 2022

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MPs lament “missed opportunities” of court reform programme – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have “missed opportunities to swiftly deliver an ambitious court reform programme”, MPs on the justice select committee say today.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2022

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NEWS ‘Defendants in the bath’: magistrates reveal remote-hearing concerns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Three-quarters of magistrates do not want remote links to be used as extensively as they were during the pandemic, according to landmark research on their experiences in the criminal courts. After canvassing the views of 865 magistrates, a report published by the Magistrates Association, assisted by legal charity Transform Justice, concludes that audio and video links negatively impact communication and effective participation, particularly for vulnerable court users.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th April 2022

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Remote hearings: the HMCTS evaluation – Transparency Project

Posted January 5th, 2022 in consultations, coronavirus, HM Courts Service, news, remote hearings, statistics by sally

‘Last month HM Courts and Tribunals Service published their own research into user experiences of remote hearings: Evaluation of remote hearings during the COVID 19 pandemic. The report analyses responses to surveys conducted between May and October 2020 with public users of the justice system and in mid-2021 with professionals such as lawyers, judges and court staff.’

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Transparency Project, 4th January 2022

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HMCTS: Public prefers remote hearings but professionals see declining respect – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, HM Courts Service, news, remote hearings, statistics, trials by tracey

‘Public users of the courts generally prefer remote to in-person hearings, but they have led to declining levels of respect, formality and concentration, according to government research.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2021

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England and Wales court backlog crisis ‘to go on for several years’ – The Guardian

‘The backlog of cases in criminal courts in England and Wales is likely to be a pervasive issue for several years, severely affecting victims, witnesses and defendants, the National Audit Office has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2021

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The online divorce and financial remedy service: How far have we come? And how far can we go? – Family Law

‘From 13 September 2021 it will be mandatory for any divorce petition being issued by a solicitor in England and Wales to be issued via the HMCTS online portal. Paper applications will no longer be permitted. The HMCTS online divorce and financial remedy portal has come a long way since its launch in May 2018 and this is yet another important development for the provision of digital solutions in divorce and financial remedy case.’

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Family Law, 17th September 2021

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Lawyers pledge to boycott extended court hours – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Almost 400 solicitors and barristers have signed an open letter to HM Courts & Tribunals Service, refusing to attend a ‘single court listing outside of regular court hours’. The Ministry of Justice responded today by denying the existence of any plan for weekend sittings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th August 2021

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