HMCTS Monthly Bulletin - September

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 27 | 7 Sept 2020

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COVID-19: Update on HMCTS response for criminal courts 

An updated recovery plan published today details measures to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the justice system by boosting capacity across criminal courts.

News Headlines

Magistrates’ court lists now published online

Updated daily on Courtserve, the public and legal profession in England and Wales can now access free listing information, in line with other jurisdictions.

Section 28 support for vulnerable witnesses rolls out

Sixteen more Crown Courts offer this special measure for vulnerable witnesses and victims, including children, before national rollout by the end of the year.

New Cloud Video Platform training launched

A blog with a link to training produced with the Family Law Bar Association and judiciary, to build confidence using CVP primarily in civil and family hearings.

Jury service guidance updated

Includes updates to claiming expenses for jurors who are employed, self-employed and not working, as well as deferral and excusal information.

Kevin Sadler appointed Acting Chief Executive

Deputy CEO Kevin steps in as Susan Acland-Hood becomes temporary Acting Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education.

Other News

Listen to a Get Legally Speaking podcast in conversation with Kerry Greenidge from HMCTS about the success of the online civil money claims service.

A blog post from Jason Haines about mediation and resolving small claim disputes of up to £10,000 without going to court is available now on Inside HMCTS.

Crime Service Manager, Trudy Lewis, blogs about the impact of Section 28 measures on victims and witnesses on Inside HMCTS.

The national rollout of digital care and supervision applications to improve outcomes for vulnerable children resumes next week, after pausing due to the pandemic.

We’ve published monthly management information which includes weekly data from July 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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We're hosting a webinar, Update on recovery in criminal courts, on 23 September - the first of a series of events about recovery from COVID-19 for all jurisdictions.

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We published a blog by Strategy and Change Director, Gemma Hewison, on the next steps towards recovery in the Crown Court.

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We’ve updated our engagement groups web page to include the different stakeholder groups’ representatives brought together as part of our COVID-19 response.

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'Justice can’t wait for a vaccine', an overview from Susan Acland-Hood of our response to the pandemic, published on Apolitical, a global learning platform.

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