HMCTS Monthly Update - November 2023

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Modernising Justice, making a difference

Issue 64 | 6 Nov 2023

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Over 500,000 cases accepted onto Common Platform

More than half a million cases have been accepted onto the Common Platform case management system, now live in all magistrates’ and Crown Courts in England and Wales.

News Headlines

Memorandum of Understanding with HMPPS

We’ve jointly published a Memorandum of Understanding which formalises the shared responsibility of HMCTS and HMPPS during the ‘virtual custody’ of prisoners.

Justice Select Committee’s call for evidence

The committee issued a call for evidence on all aspects of the use of pre-recorded cross-examination. The response closing date is 6 December 2023.

Magistrates to record their verdicts in Single Justice cases

Magistrates will now be able to record their own verdicts in Single Justice Procedure cases and upload the results onto Common Platform.

'Help with Fees' expansion

The government announced an increase in the income threshold for the ‘Help with Fees’ scheme, making thousands more eligible for financial help with court fees.

Other News

Our new blog discusses the work of the Court of Protection to help make important decisions about financial and welfare issues for vulnerable people.

We’ve published a short video of the HMCTS National Awards Ceremony, where we recognised and celebrated our colleagues' outstanding work.

We've published monthly management information from August 2022 to August 2023 to understand workload volumes and timeliness in courts and tribunals.

Defence solicitors and barristers will need to check-in on Common Platform cases, before attending all hearings in magistrates' or Crown Courts .

Deputy CEO Paul Harris spoke at the Civil Court Users Association (CCUA) annual conference and discussed the importance of working together to modernise justice.

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Anyone using MyHMCTS to make probate applications can now see all related documents on their dashboard, in the documents tab.


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