HMCTS Bulletin - May 2020

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Keeping you updated with news about HMCTS and its work

Issue 23  |  4 May 2020


New tech to keep the criminal justice system moving

New video platform brought forward enabling all parties in criminal hearings in magistrate and crown courts to hold secure, remote hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

News Headlines

Latest data on use of audio & video technology in courts

Figures show increase from under 1,000 court and tribunal hearings in the last week of March 2020 to approximately 3,000 by mid-April.

Remote hearings to maintain justice during pandemic

Susan Acland-Hood blogs about progress so far and how we’re using feedback to inform our plans for the next stage.

Next phase for Remote Courts Worldwide initiative

New focus on feedback from court users, lawyers and judges around the world about how remote courts are working. 

Responding to a global pandemic within the family courts

An 'Inside HMCTS' blog about the changes made at pace to ensure justice continues to be delivered for those in urgent need, by Adam Lennon.

Further News

FAQs published for Employment Tribunals arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jury trial working group considers plans to restart trials when it is safe to do so.

Emergency funding to support vulnerable during pandemic.

Q&As available now responding to HMCTS’s recent blog about initial response.

'50 Tips for Effective Video Conferencing’ published with HMCTS foreword.

A courts and tribunals planning and preparation web page is updated when new advice is available and operational updates issued weekly during the pandemic.

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