HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 10 October 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 10 October 2022

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 14 October 2022.

  • Reminder: Endeavour House has opened in Greenmarket, Dundee. The project has created 4 new hearing rooms - 2 for Social Security and Child Support and 2 for Employment Tribunals. It also has 4 judicial chambers and 4 waiting rooms. Staff have moved to the new site from Caledonian House, which previously housed the work.
  • Reminder: Royalty House has opened as the new home of Watford County Court and Family Court. We purchased the building earlier this year and it includes 8 hearing rooms and ancillary accommodation. Royalty House, in King Street, replaces the building we previously leased at Cassiobury House.


  • Updated: The Common Platform case management system went live at criminal courts in Essex this week: Basildon Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts, Chelmsford Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, Colchester Magistrates’ Court and Southend Magistrates’ Court. Defence solicitors and barristers who work in areas where the system is going live need to register for and activate accounts before they attend court for any hearings where Common Platform is used.
  • Reminder: Court 14 at Isleworth Crown Court is now operational. This remote courtroom will hear case management and interlocutory hearings where defendants are not required to attend in person. The Judge and Clerk will be physically present in Court 14 and all other required participants will join hearings using video link technology. Members of the public and the press can view proceedings in the Court 14 public gallery, which will livestream all cases.


  • Reminder: Legal representatives must respond to claims for damages under Practice Direction 51ZB using the damages claim portal. This applies to claims issued on or after 15 September. The Damages Claims team based at the County Court Money Claims Centre in Salford will return paper responses where responses should have been made online. They will also process those cases that move from the online to the paper route, for example where only part of the claim is accepted. Read our guidance for legal representatives on how to register with MyHMCTS.


  • Updated: From Tuesday 25 October 2022, we’re updating the Probate caveat application process (to challenge someone else’s probate application) to make it simpler and more consistent for all users. Probate practitioners and personal applicants can access the updated PA8A form to apply to stop an application for a grant of representation for up to 6 months and use the new PA8B form to apply for a caveat extension. All applications will need to be submitted to: HMCTS Probate, PO Box 12625, Harlow, CM20 9QE. Read guidance for more information on caveat applications.
  • Reminder: When using MyHMCTS to manage family public law cases, please remember to upload all documents relating to a case. Do not send them to judges or the Service Centre by email.
  • Reminder: When managing family public law cases you must submit additional applications on MyHMCTS. They’re sent to parties automatically and there’s no need to send them to Service Centres separately via email.

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