HMCTS Monthly Bulletin - November

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 29 | 2 November 20

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Grant of probate applications move online to MyHMCTS

From today, Monday 2 November, applications for probate must be made using the online service for professionals to issue, pay for and manage them.

News Headlines

Nightingale courts open in Liverpool and Winchester

A total of 16 Nightingale courts, providing 29 temporary courtrooms, are now operating across England and Wales.

Section 28 for victims and witnesses in Crown Courts

Measures enabling the most vulnerable to record their evidence and cross-examination prior to trial are introduced to 28 more sites across England and Wales.

HMCTS progress update against data recommendations

Publication of the detailed response outlining progress against recommendations from Dr Natalie Byrom's 2019 report on data and academic engagement.

Recording of Common Platform webinar now available

The event introduced the new digital case management system for criminal cases, outlining the benefits of subscribing and how professionals can register.

Using mediation to help solve disputes

Senior small claims mediator at HMCTS, Jason Haines, talked to the Get Legally Speaking podcast about the benefits and process of using civil mediation.

Upcoming webinar on family public law

You can still register for the online event being held on Wednesday 4 November, which will discuss how this digital service is being rolled out to support professionals.

Other News

Final call to register for the HMCTS Annual Public User Event, which will run online from 3 to 5 November, covering different jurisdictions on each day.

We have rolled out the professional users' access scheme to a further 77 courts and tribunals across England and Wales.

Users should be aware of a number of email phishing scams claiming to be from HMCTS.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals confirm the continued exemption of courts and tribunals from the national restrictions from 5 November.

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Crown Courts in Leeds, Bradford, and Hull were the first to welcome new Portakabin® buildings for jury deliberations and more courts will benefit soon.

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Please wear a face covering in all public and communal parts of our buildings in England, Wales and now Scotland, in line with public health advice.

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You should not come to any of buildings if you have coronavirus symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 or been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate.

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For regular updates, check the weekly summary of HMCTS' operational position during COVID-19.

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