HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 25 July 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 25 July 2022

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 29 July 2022.

  • Updated: On Monday 18 July 2022 we opened our fifth and final Service Centre (CTSC) in Newport.
  • Reminder: HMCTS and the City of London Corporation have now exchanged the Agreement for Lease on the new City of London Law Courts. The purpose built, 18-courtroom facility will replace the ageing Mayor’s and City of London Court and the City of London Magistrates’ Court. The new venue will include 8 Crown court rooms, 5 county court hearing rooms, 4 magistrates’ court rooms and 1 multi-purpose room, which can be used for county or magistrates’ work. It will also focus on high level fraud work and have 2 court rooms dedicated to specialist cybercrime. Construction of the new court complex will commence shortly and is scheduled to become operational in 2026.


  • Updated: Common Platform is now live in 12 additional criminal courts: Swindon Crown Court, Swindon Magistrates’ Court, Salisbury Crown Court, Salisbury Magistrates’ Court; in Greater Manchester at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street), Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square), Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Tameside Magistrates’ Court, Stockport Magistrates’ Court, Bolton Crown Court (co-located with Magistrates), Bolton Magistrates’ Court, and Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.
    • Common Platform will be implemented at more criminal courts in the week commencing Monday 25 July 2022, in South Wales and Gwent at Cardiff Crown Court, Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court, Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court, Swansea Magistrates’ Court, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, Newport Crown Court, Newport Magistrates’ Court, and Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court.
    • Courts in North Yorkshire will be going live with the system later in the year.
  • Reminder: Criminal defence representatives should include the words “BAR ACTION” in the subject line of any email to the court about affected cases, so we can make the relevant judge aware as quickly as possible.

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