HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 7 November 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 7 November 2022

Next week’s update will be issued on Friday 11 November 2022.

  • Reminder: We’re piloting improved security processes. Visitors to Inner London Crown Court, Bradford Combined Court, Maidstone Crown Court, Cardiff Crown Court and Liverpool Crown Court will be selected at random for a manual pat-down search when entering the building. Members of the Professional Users Access Scheme will not be impacted.


  • Updated: From Monday 7 November 2022 the existing Proceeds of Crime Act Section on the Crown Court Digital Case System (DCS) will be extended to allow the uploading of Enforcement Applications under Section 11 (Application to extend time), Section 22 (Applications for Reconsiderations) and Section 23 (Application to reduce confiscation order). The standard file structure has been updated to reflect this.
  • Updated: The Common Platform case management system has now been implemented at more criminal courts in the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Kent. See the list of courts where it’s going live.
  • Reminder: Defence solicitors and barristers can join one of our regular online support sessions to get help with using Common Platform. We’ll answer your questions, offer advice and help with troubleshooting. Sessions take place on Tuesdays at 4:30pm and Thursdays at 9am - email us to book a session.


  • Updated: Register to join a drop-in session for the Financial Remedy service on Thursday 24 November. This will provide an overview of the service and answer any queries on submitting and managing applications.
  • Reminder: Register to join a webinar to update on the probate service for charities on Tuesday 15 November. This will provide an overview of the probate service to the charity sector, sharing data on applications and future plans.
  • Reminder: Probate practitioners should submit all applications made on form PA1P or PA1A to: Newcastle Probate Registry, Kings Court, Earl Grey Way, North Shields, NE29 6AR. Find step-by-step guidance on applying for probate with MyHMCTS and on when to use the forms.
  • Reminder: We’ve updated 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.

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