HMCTS monthly bulletin – March 2019

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Issue 10 | March 2019

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Positive start for online services

Susan Acland-Hood blogs about how a positive start for online services is down to a clear vision and an openness to adapt, as good plans evolve and are based on listening.


Read more in Susan's blog>>


Re-scheduled family reform event and latest news on other events

The online event about family reform has been re-scheduled for 2 April 2019 and will include an overview of our new digital divorce service and its move to our new courts and tribunals service centre. It will also provide an overview of the public law care and supervision pilot.


We’ve published a summary and slides from the recent tribunal reform event, held in Exeter on 26 February.


Places are still available at the civil reform event being held in Manchester on 11 March. The event will look in detail at work in two reform projects - civil money claims and civil enforcement.


Visit the events page to see and sign up to our upcoming events>>

Read about the tribunal reform event held in Exeter on 26 February>>

Providing a service to Welsh speakers

Easy access to HMCTS services for Welsh speakers. Our approach is at the forefront of this work for the Ministry of Justice.

Find out all the details on GOV.UK>>

First regional stakeholder bulletins published

We published our first regional stakeholder bulletins in Wales and the South East in February. These are part of a pilot aimed at improving the way we communicate with our regional stakeholders and court and tribunal users and covered local operational updates, regional detail relating to national announcements, and other local news stories.


Sign up to a regional stakeholder bulletin pilot in Wales and South East >>

Other HMCTS/MOJ news

Ministry of Justice response to Public Accounts Committee: Transforming courts and tribunals

The response to the Committee’s sixth recommendation has been published. It details how the Department plans to ensure its portfolio of change is well-balanced and appropriately prioritised to enable it to respond to financial pressures.


Find out more with the responses to all the PAC recommendations>>

Justice Secretary sets out long-term vision for justice

David Gauke set out his vision for a ‘smart’ justice system to reduce reoffending, protect the public and ensure serious criminals receive the punishment they deserve.


Read more in his landmark speech>>

‘Upskirting’ now a specific crime as bill receives Royal Assent

Perpetrators face up to two years in prison and being placed on the sex offenders register, as a new law making the act a specific criminal offence receives Royal Assent.


Find out more in the press release>>

Government publishes landmark domestic abuse bill

The government has unveiled the most comprehensive package ever to tackle domestic abuse. The landmark draft bill is aimed at supporting victims and their families and pursuing offenders. It comes as it is revealed domestic abuse issues cost the country £66 billion a year.


More details are in the news story>>

Round up of other news

UK, EU and EFTA lawyers and legal professionals after Brexit

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. However, a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, there will be no system of reciprocal arrangements under which UK lawyers can provide regulated legal services in the EU, or by which EU lawyers can provide regulated legal services in the UK.


Find out more online>>

Gresham lecture: Justice online, are we there yet?

In the third of his three annual lectures, Joshua Rozenberg reported on what has been achieved so far and asks how close we are to delivering online justice.


Read the full report of Joshua’s lecture>>

Online Courts: How to measure “justice” and “fairness”: TLEF recommendations

The Legal Education Foundation, together with UCL and the University of Oxford, brought together experts to draft recommendations for measuring the impact of online courts on access to justice. The experts from around the world recommended a framework for designing an evaluation that would be recognised as robust.


Read more about it and review the draft recommendations>>

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