HMCTS Bulletin - August 2020

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 26  |  3 August 2020


Common Platform system to be tested in criminal courts

Early adopter courts across England and Wales to test the new digital case management system before its rollout to all criminal courts over the next 12 months.

News Headlines

London School of Economics publish video hearings report

An independent evaluation report of our video hearings service, assessing the user experience in civil, family and tax jurisdictions.

Proposal on future of Medway County and Family Court

A consultation seeking views on the impact of the proposed closure in January 2021 is open until 11 August 2020.

User research and insight during COVID-19

Deputy head of user research, Luc Altmann, blogs about how user research has helped to make evidence-based decisions during the pandemic.

Recording of webinar on use of remote hearings

On 15 July, HMCTS hosted an online event outlining how remote hearings have been used to maintain justice during the coronavirus outbreak.

City of London reveals major new civic development plans

The City of London Corporation unveils proposals for a new court and police complex, including an 18-courtroom combined court facility.

Other News

Updated EX50 and EX50A forms reflect reductions to some family, civil, magistrates court and probate fees from today, 3 August 2020.

The assessment of court assessed claims will transfer from HMCTS to the Legal Aid Agency from 17 August 2020, meaning faster payment processes.

Permanent Secretary, Sir Richard Heaton will conclude his service at the Ministry of Justice later this summer when his five-year tenure comes to an end.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Court and tribunal users in England are asked to wear face coverings in our buildings unless they have practical reasons exempting them from wearing one.

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HMCTS Chief Executive, Susan Acland-Hood, issued a blog outlining the measures needed in the criminal jurisdiction to manage current levels of outstanding cases.

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The Lord Chancellor announces locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been set up to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system.

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The latest weekly management information from HMCTS for May and June 2020 is now available.

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The courts and tribunals planning and preparation web page is updated when new guidance is published and operational updates issued weekly during the pandemic.


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