HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 15 August 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 15 August 2022

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 19 August 2022.


  • Reminder: We’re hosting a number of drop-in support sessions for defence professionals. The sessions will aim to answer defence solicitors and barristers queries who use Common Platform. Registration is now open for sessions taking place between 9am and 10am on Wednesday 17 August 2022Monday 22 August 2022Wednesday 14 September 2022 and Monday 19 September 2022.
  • Reminder: We published new guidance on broadcasting sentencing hearings by the media in the Crown Court.
  • Reminder: 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.


  • Reminder: 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.


Judicial guidance and announcements