HMCTS monthly bulletin - March 2022

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 45  |  7 March 2022

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Nightingale Court rooms extended until March 2023

Planned extensions to 30 courtrooms will help tackle COVID-19 impacts on the justice system, speeding up justice for victims and reducing outstanding cases in Crown Courts.

News Headlines

New Chief Executive for HMCTS

Nick Goodwin will become our new Chief Executive in March 2022 following the retirement of Interim Chief Executive, Kevin Sadler.

New divorce laws come into effect from April 

We will accommodate changes to divorce legislation from 6 April in our newly-launched online service.

Welsh Language scheme consultation launched

Open until early April, the consultation will assess whether the scheme still meets the needs of Welsh speaking court and tribunal users.

Avoiding delays to probate applications

In a recent blog post, our family deputy director highlights common reasons for 'stopped' applications and how working together can avoid unnecessary delays.  

HMCTS E-Filing service for citizens and professionals

Anyone filing to the Court of Appeal must now use our digital E-Filing service to pay fees online and keep up-to-date on progress via email alerts.

Other News

Local authorities across England and Wales can now use the Family Public Law service to apply for a court order to safeguard the welfare of children.

Our professional users' access scheme is now available across all of our sites in England and Wales allowing fast track entry to courts and tribunals.

Recent updates to our reform programme fact sheets for the Single Justice Service and Make a plea service include some latest user statistics.

An updated list of the main fees to make a money claim, get a divorce or other types of case in the Civil or Family Courts is now available online.

The Ministry of Justice has published a list of quarterly civil justice statistics for the period October to December 2021.

Our latest management information for December 2020 to December 2021 is now available, which we use to understand workload volumes and timeliness.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Recent government announcements affect COVID-19 guidance in EnglandWales and Scotland.

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In England, the plan for Living with COVID-19 encourages safer behaviours and we continue to follow government and public health guidance.

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Our latest COVID-19 guidance for all court and tribunal users is updated when new advice is available. 

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