HMCTS Monthly Bulletin - October

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 28 | 5 October 2020

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New Nightingale court sites announced

Sites in Salford, York and Middlesbrough are now operational and a further five are due to open this month in Chester, Liverpool, Bristol, Winchester and Cirencester.

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Crime recovery webinar available online

A recording of the session which provided a more detailed look at recovery work underway in the criminal courts.

Case studies demonstrating impacts of engagement

Three projects - probate, divorce and the single justice service, highlight the role of stakeholders in their development, as well as the impacts on service users.

Surviving plagues, pestilence and pandemics

A blog post by Kevin Sadler highlights the vital role of magistrates in the justice system and highlights how they've risen to the challenges presented by coronavirus.

HMCTS Annual Public User Event moves online

From 3 to 5 November, it's an opportunity to hear about reform programme projects for organisations that work with or represent public court users, but open to all.

Upcoming webinar on the Common Platform

The online session will be held on 15 October and is targeted at defence professionals, or those who are likely to use the service as it is rolled out.

Common Platform registration for defence professionals

Sign up to the Common Platform, a smarter, more accessible case management system for HMCTS, the judiciary, and professional court users.

Other News

A blog post by the Delivery Manager at Leeds Crown Court highlights the measures in place there to safely resume jury trials.

We’ve published our latest monthly MI data, providing the latest information on workload and timelines for HMCTS criminal, civil and family courts, and tribunals. 

An Inside HMCTS blog post updates local authorities on the family public law digital service after national roll-out plans were put on hold due to the pandemic.

The Good Things Foundation published its assessment of a service that helps people to access reformed HMCTS online services from 26 organisations across the UK.

The online C100 application can now be used when making Child Arrangements Order, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Order applications.

Explore the role of judges in the UK, from common law to judicial diversity through a free online course run by King’s College London.

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The second consultation phase for the new state-of-the-art City of London Fleet Street court is now live and open for responses.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Crown Courts at Portsmouth and Reading are piloting COVID-19 Operating Hours, in addition to those at Snaresbrook, Kingston-Upon-Hull and Stafford.

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The Government announced new national measures to address rising cases of COVID-19 in England, with links to measures in Scotland and Wales.

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All court and tribunal users are now asked to wear a face covering in all public and communal parts of our buildings in England and Wales (optional in Scotland).

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Our latest weekly management data shows the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on workload volumes and activity across the court and tribunal system.

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