HMCTS Monthly Bulletin - May 2024

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Modernising justice, making a difference

Issue 70 | 7 May 2024

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Integrating mediation for small claims

From 22 May 2024, mediation will become an integral part of of the small claims process as more effective, cheaper way for parties to resolve their disputes.

News Headlines

Changes to selected court and tribunal fees

From 1 May 2024, a number of justice court and tribunal fees increased to reflect inflation, following the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) response to a recent consultation.

HMCTS podcast on accessibility

Our latest Inside HMCTS Podcast episode focuses on how we’re making courts and tribunals accessible for all and how we support people to use our online services.

Derby Justice Centre open day

On Saturday 18 May 2024, visitors will be able to speak to court staff, visit the holding cells, participate in a mock trial, hear from a former prisoner and so much more.


Probate phone line operating hours

The probate service phone line revised its operating hours in February. Following a successful trial period, we will retain the revised operating hours until further notice.

Other News

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Over 27,000 families have been supported by the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme which provides funding to help families navigate the complexities of separation. 

The Better Case Management handbook has been updated to reflect a change to bail applications being heard remotely.

The Lady Chief Justice recently announced the creation of a new Transparency and Open Justice Board, working with MoJ and HMCTS to promote open justice.

Anyone responding to a Single Justice Procedure notice from London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) can now choose to enter their plea online.

We’ve published our latest monthly management information for February 2023 to February 2024. It highlights workload volumes and timeliness at a national level.

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