HMCTS monthly bulletin – June 2019

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Issue 13 | June 2019

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HMCTS publishes latest issue of Reform Update

This newsletter provides an overview of the Reform programme and provides updates on individual projects. We’ve simultaneously published more information about specific projects online.


Access the latest issue of the Reform Update>>

Visit project-specific information on GOV.UK>>


Way forward for courts and tribunals estate published

Maintaining access to justice will be the top priority when deciding the future of courts and tribunals buildings, detailed in Fit for the Future, an HMCTS report following a public consultation launched in January 2018. Alongside the report we've also published a new Court and Tribunal Design Guide.


Find out more in the full report and design guide, detailed in the press release>>

Shining a spotlight on security and improved access for legal professionals

Our chief executive has blogged about the latest courts to join the professional users’ access scheme and our recent focus on security, which is also reflected on in a blog from the perspective of a G4S security supervisor.     


Read both blogs on Inside HMCTS>>

Official opening of the new Glasgow Tribunals Centre

The new centre has opened in Glasgow which will bring together a number of tribunals supported by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and HMCTS.


Read more about the new centre>> 

Discover how HMCTS is modernising tribunals: online reform event, 26 June

This online event will look at two projects: immigration and asylum appeals, and social security and child support appeals (particularly for PIP and ESA). It will also look at the development of continuous online resolution. It’s for legal professionals, professional court users, local authorities, third-sector organisations and health professionals.


Register now for the online event>>

Visit our events page>>

HMCTS CEO publishes open letter to charities about legacy notification service

The letter acknowledges the concerns of charities and outlines progress on finding an interim solution for a new service to notify charities when they have been left money in wills.


Read the letter in full>>

Thanks for your feedback

We were pleased with the quality of responses - and the number of participants - in our recent survey to inform and improve how we engage and communicate with people. The survey forms part of a wider research piece, and we’ll publish a report on the findings in the next few weeks.

Other HMCTS/MOJ news

Video hearings tested in domestic abuse cases

Domestic abuse victims may seek injunctions more easily and with less stress as part of a test into the use of fully-video court hearings. The study by HMCTS at Manchester Civil Justice Centre means vulnerable people can appear before the court using a video link from a computer in their solicitor’s office.


Read more about the study’s findings>>

Government moves closer to introducing Sentencing Code

The new Sentencing Code to simplify and tidy up the country’s complex sentencing laws moved a step closer as the government introduced a Bill in Parliament. 


Find out more about the Bill>> 

Spotlight on child protection in family courts

A panel of experts, including senior members of the judiciary, leading academics and charities, will review how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences.


Find out more about the project on GOV.UK>> 

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