HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 1 August 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 1 August 2022

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 5 August 2022.

  • Updated: Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square) will be temporarily closed from Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August due to a building issue. We’re contacting affected parties and relocating urgent work to alternative sites. For urgent enquiries please call 0161 954 7667.
  • Updated: We published new guidance on broadcasting sentencing hearings by the media in the Crown Court.
  • Updated: The government has announced plans to help resolve civil legal disputes away from court through free mediation.
  • Reminder: 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 9 additional criminal courts: 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.


  • Updated: Applying for financial remedy applications on MyHMCTS has recently been improved. Legal professionals can now add themselves and replace existing representatives whenever necessary, making it easier to cover periods of annual leave. Improvements have also been made to the way documents are managed and Form C has been updated to include the efficiency statement and references to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. More information on how to use the financial remedy service check our guidance on MyHMCTS. For detailed guidance on submitting an application watch our demonstration on YouTube.

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