HMCTS monthly bulletin - April 2022

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Keeping you updated with news about the reform programme

Issue 46  |  4 April 2022

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Common Platform goes live in three more counties

Our new case management system is now live at 11 more criminal courts in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

News Headlines

Improving support for victims of domestic abuse

A new approach being piloted in family courts in North Wales and Dorset aims to improve how information is shared between justice agencies and local authorities.

Divorce laws are changing - join our online demonstration

Our new online service launches on Wednesday 6 April. We're hosting a live demonstration for legal professionals on Tuesday 12 April at 1pm.

Boost for support services for victims of crime

Funding for support services for victims of crime will be increased by more than £440 million over the next three years.

Contract framework for Appointed Intermediary Service

The new service framework will standardise support offered by intermediaries for vulnerable court and tribunal users to ensure fairness and quality of service.

Additional courtrooms open in Holborn

Our latest Nightingale court venue opened on 31 March. The courtrooms at De Vere Grand hotel will help to support the reduction of outstanding criminal cases.

Other News

A series of new videos to prepare and support participants in online hearings is now available, produced in association with Oxford University researchers.

Our recent webinar about how to issue and respond to claims for damages is now available, as well as detailed online guidance on issuing a claim.

A new report summarising protected characteristics among court users is now available. Collecting and understanding this data is vital to upholding open justice.

We've updated our guidance for defence professionals on how to use Common Platform and published new guidance for organisational administrators.

We published management information for January 2021 to January 2022. We use this information to understand workload volumes and timeliness nationally.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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The government has published new guidance on living safely with respiratory infections including COVID-19 in England.

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