HMCTS monthly bulletin - October 2022

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Issue 51  |  3 October 2022

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Preparing our courts to support Deaf jurors

A juror made history at Croydon Crown Court, by being the first Deaf juror to serve in a trial aided by British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.

News Headlines

Pre-recording cross examination test in Youth Court

Eligible witnesses at Leeds Youth Court are now able to pre-record their cross-examination evidence for the first time, as part of a wider test within the youth court.

Preparing for major legislation change

A blog looks at how magistrates’ and Crown Courts prepared for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 coming into force.

Courts connect to city's low-carbon heating network

Leeds Combined Court Centre and Leeds Magistrates’ Court are to join the network as part of a wider programme of green upgrades over the next year. 

Pre-recorded evidence for victims available nationwide

Government completes rollout of pre-recorded cross examination availability for victims of sexual or modern slavery to all Crown Courts in England and Wales.

Other News

Legal representatives must now respond to claims for damages under Practice Direction 51ZB using the damages claim portal.

Counsel representing in cases involving pre-recorded cross-examination can access a short training video on how to access a recorded session as a video on demand.

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

For the most up-to-date information on the progress of your probate application, check the MyHMCTS dashboard.

Each week we publish a summary of our latest operational position for court users. You can sign up to receive this information directly by email.

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