HMCTS monthly bulletin – April 2019

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Issue 11 | April 2019

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Additional year to deliver ambitious court reforms

Subject to cross-government approval the proposed finish date for the HMCTS reform programme will be a year later, in 2023. This will allow more time to develop some of the shared systems that sit behind our next set of online services.


Read more about it in the press release>>


Justice Select Committee inquiry into court and tribunal reforms

The JSC is holding an inquiry into the reform programme to consider the progress made and the implications of planned changes, particularly in relation to access to justice. The Committee has now begun publishing written responses to the inquiry on its website. We anticipate their publication of HMCTS' response shortly.


Read submissions of evidence to the committee here>>

Notification of charitable bequests

Information and documents about changes to the arrangements related to the notification of legacy requests to charities is now available, including an open letter from HMCTS CEO, press release and meeting notes.


Click here for more information>>

HMCTS engage parliamentarians on reform programme

MPs and lords were invited to hear about the latest developments from a range of court reform projects and services.


Read the news story>>

HMCTS reform events programme

We held a civil reform event at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on 11 March 2019, discussing the future of the civil court.


Visit the event page for details about the civil event, including videos and slides>>


We also held an online family reform event on 2 April 2019, which discussed the new divorce service and gave an overview of the public law care and supervision pilot.


Visit the event page for details about the family event, including a recording and slides>>

LexisNexis webinar: Court reforms in 2019

Richard Goodman of HMCTS tells Dominic Regan about the changes to our courts, what they hope to achieve, when they'll take place, and what difference they will make to you in practice. Topics discussed include proposed reforms across all jurisdictions.


For a preview, click the video link>>

Other HMCTS/MOJ news

Magistrates' recruitment campaign launched

HMCTS has recently launched a campaign to recruit a more diverse magistracy. This was included as a full page feature in the Metro on 19 March.


Find out more about becoming a magistrate>>

Funding boost for victims of rape and sexual assault

Rape and sexual abuse support services across England and Wales have been awarded increased government funding – totalling £24m over 3 years – to help even more victims.


Read more about the funding boost>>

Ministry of Justice grant to support victims of domestic abuse in family courts

The Government has awarded £900,000 to organisations based in some family courts to provide in-court support to victims of domestic abuse.


Find out more about the grant>>

Westminster Legal Policy Forum: Civil justice in England and Wales

Richard Goodman, HMCTS Change Director contributed to a legal policy forum on next steps for civil justice following reforms in England and Wales, which focussed on the ongoing courts modernisation process, litigation costs and priorities for implementation of the Civil Liability Act.


Access the full materials (for which a charge is required)>>

Round up of other news

Reappointment of Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission

The Secretary of State has announced the reappointment of Lord Ajay Kakkar as Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), for a second term of 3 years. The new term will run from 3 October 2019 to 2 October 2022.


Read the full news story>>

Suffolk Junior Schools Mock Trial competition

Two schools competed last week in the final of the Suffolk Primary Schools Mock Trial competition. 26 primary schools across Suffolk took part in the competition, intended to be highly interactive and creative, improving the confidence for all involved.


Read more about the competition>>

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