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The consultation on HMCTS’ Welsh Language Scheme provided the first opportunity since the launch of its first Scheme in 2013 to review the provisions of the Scheme so that it better reflects the organisation’s current direction of travel.
In addition to previous commitments the Scheme now provides information on the following:
- The use of the Welsh language in the Administrative Court
- The use of the Welsh language in the Appeal Courts and Upper Tribunals
- The use of Welsh in the Business and Property Courts
- A section on digital services
- A new commitment to the Scheme from the current Chief Executive Officer
HMCTS has adopted the principle that it will treat both Welsh and English language equally. This consultation relates to the second iteration of its Welsh Language Scheme.
The Welsh Language Scheme covers the work of its corporate headquarters in London, the central processing centres such as the County Court Money Claims Centre and all the courts and tribunals in Wales.
The amount of change to the way the courts and tribunals operate in the next few years is unprecedented, and the revised scheme needs to reflect this and provide a clear statement to Welsh speakers as to how it will treat the Welsh language equally within the way it provides its services.