HMCTS monthly bulletin - December 2021

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 42  |  6 Dec 2021

Loughborough super court

‘Super courtroom’ opens in Loughborough

The second ‘super courtroom’ has opened at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court and will be used for large trials involving multiple defendants.

News Headlines

Better facilities at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court

Newcastle Magistrates’ Court is now able to deal with cases involving defendants on remand after improvements were made to the building’s cells.

New Courts and Tribunals Service Centre for Wales

A new Courts and Tribunals Service Centre (CTSC) based in Newport, South Wales will open in May 2022.

HMCTS Services: Publications and Information

We announced the new service which will improve access to court and tribunal hearing information by providing a single site on GOV.UK.

Plan to help families access Child Trust Funds

Families seeking access to small funds belonging to loved ones who lack mental capacity will benefit from a simpler and quicker system, without going to court.

Communications and Engagement Survey Report 2021

Read the summary of findings and find out how the report will be used to develop the way we engage and communicate in the future.

Other News

Read our blog on how local court initiatives are making a difference to recovery thanks to the ingenuity and commitment of HMCTS staff and those they work with.

We have published details of when courts and tribunals will be closed over the Christmas period.

We have shared our latest management information – used for understanding workload volumes and timeliness at a national level.

We published the second blog in a two part series on the Single Justice Procedure (SJP), exploring misconceptions and explaining the safeguards in place.

HMCTS have published recordings and slide decks from all sessions held at this year’s Annual Public User Event: 'Reforming court and tribunal services together'.

Read our blog on how we’re reforming our tribunals services to make their process quicker and simpler so that everyone can access and navigate the system easily.

Read how staff in Wales worked together towards a common goal to keep the wheels of justice turning for those most in need during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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New guidance issued by HM Prisons & Probation Service (HMPPS) means that, from 22 November, we have been able remove social distancing in court docks.

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