HMCTS Monthly Bulletin - November 2021

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 41  |  1 Nov 2021

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Courts go green

Courts and tribunals across England and Wales are going green thanks to a £40m government investment to cut carbon emissions in our buildings. The money is being spent on a range of measures to improve sustainability at HMCTS now and into the future.

News Headlines

New Nightingale court opens in Warwick

This is the 5th Nightingale court to open in the Midlands and joins other temporary courts in efforts to increase capacity and tackle the impact of COVID-19.

Queen’s Bench claims and appeals move online

The modern E-Filing service will prevent delays when filing claims and appeals
It has become mandatory for some users from Monday 18 October.

Access to justice improved with digital support service

‘We are Digital’ has been selected to manage a new national service offering support to people using HMCTS digital services.

The role of ‘super courtrooms’ in multiple defendant trials

Read how super courtrooms paired with innovation are driving forward progress in dealing with large criminal trials involving multiple defendants

HMCTS Vulnerability Action Plan update

We have provided an update on the 2020 Vulnerability Action Plan covering priority areas that are being focused on to help support vulnerable users.

Other News

The schedule for this year’s Annual Public User Event – on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November - has now been published. Registration is open now.

We're asking the public to remain vigilant for scammers using our telephone numbers and what to do if you are targeted.

We published latest management information on workload and timeliness for HMCTS criminal, civil and family courts, and tribunals.

Read our blog explaining the Single Justice Procedure (SJP). It's an effective and efficient way to hear less serious cases for both the defendant and the courts.

We have published the Q&A from our Common Platform webinar for defence professionals that was held in September.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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We’ve updated our face coverings guidance for everyone attending our buildings. Face coverings should be worn by all those 11 years and above, unless exempt.

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