HMCTS monthly bulletin – November 2018

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Issue 6 | November 2018

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Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to address the inaugural international forum on online courts

Bringing together leaders in transforming justice systems around the world, the forum will discuss the cutting edge of court technology. Hosted in London on 3 and 4 December, the event will be jointly chaired by HMCTS and The Society for Computers and Law.


Find out more about the forum>>

Guidance for HMCTS staff on supporting media access to courts and tribunals

Developed with representatives of the media, the guide will help our staff to provide the best possible service to the media and covers most of the typical media situations staff are likely to encounter.

Read the guidance and watch the short video>>

HMCTS reform events

We hosted an online event, informing legal professionals and court users about civil reform, on 15 October. We also hosted a face-to-face event in London about the progress of family reform, on 29 October.


View a recording of the civil reform event and presentation slides here>>

View a recording of the family refrom event and presentation slides here>>

Further £15m announced for the maintenance of court buildings and security

The budget, presented to Parliament on 29 October, announced that a further £15 million would be spent this year to ensure that our ageing estate remains fit for the 21st century, as we invest another £1 billion in modernising the court system.


You can read the full press release here>>

HMCTS announces expert advisor on open data and academic engagement

Dr Natalie Byrom, Director of Research and Learning at The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), has been seconded to HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) for a short period. She will advise on strategies to enhance academic engagement and improve the availability of data for research purposes.


Find out more about the appointment>>

HMCTS engagement groups

Professional and public user groups working with HMCTS on aspects of the reform programme, including collaboration on new development proposals.


Find out more about the groups>>

New Welsh language phone lines launched

To assist users of our services, new numbers have been launched in Wales in line with the launch of Courts and Tribunals Service Centres opening in January.


Read more about the launch>>

Tackling racial disparity in the criminal justice system: 2018

An overview of the achievements and work undertaken by the Ministry of Justice and partners in the criminal justice system (CJS)  to tackle racial disparities, including progress in response to the Lammy Review.


Read the full report online>>

The impacts of HMCTS reform: the Economist

The Economist takes a look at HMCTS reform, in particular at the effect of video hearings in courts. The article concludes that "given the chance, folk increasingly might not want their day in court."


Read the full article here>>

The Code of Practice for victims of crime and supporting public information materials

The publication of these materials, including leaflets, posters and videos, forms a key part of the wider government strategy to transform the criminal justice system by putting victims first, making the system more responsive and easier to navigate.


Visit GOV.UK for all materials>>

EHRC briefing - Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and functions of Staff) Bill

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced a briefing for Lords Report Stage of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions) Bill, allowing some judicial functions to be delegated to authorised staff of HMCTS.


Read the full briefing>>

Civil Liability Bill: Commons remaining stages

MPs debated the remaining stages of the Civil Liability Bill in the House of Commons on 23 October. The third reading was approved by a majority of 56 votes and the bill now proceeds to consideration of amendments and royal assent.


Find out more about the bill>>

Lord Burnett's thoughts after his first year as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

One year into the job, the Lord Chief Justice speaks about modernisation, judges, and explains what they do.


Watch his YouTube video>>

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