Make a complaint
If you’re unhappy with our service
You might want to make a complaint. Our complaint process looks at how your case was handled by our staff. We’re not able to change the decision in your case or investigate how a judge or magistrate acted towards you.
To complain about our service:
We aim to respond within 10 working days.
If you’re not happy with the reply to your complaint, you can ask a senior manager at the office to carry out a review. You should explain why you’re not satisfied. The manager will aim to respond to you within 10 working days.
If you’re not satisfied with the senior manager’s review of your complaint, you can appeal to the Customer Investigations Team. The manager who reviewed your complaint will give you their contact details. The Customer Investigations Team will take a fresh look at the way your complaint has been handled. They will aim to respond to you within 15 working days.
If you remain unsatisfied at the end of the HMCTS complaints process, you can also ask your member of Parliament to refer your case to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
If you’re unhappy with how a judge or a magistrate has acted
Judges, magistrates and tribunal members do not work for HMCTS. We cannot investigate complaints about their behaviour or take any action.
If you’re unhappy with the way a tribunal judge or member has behaved, you can complain to the President of the respective tribunal. You can find information on how to contact the President through the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office webpage.
If you’re unhappy with the way a magistrate behaved you can make a complaint to the local Conduct Advisory Committee.
Neither body will accept complaints about a judge or magistrate’s decision or the way they’ve managed a case.
If you’re unhappy with the result of your case
Judges, magistrates and tribunal members do not work for us. We cannot investigate complaints that challenge a decision they’ve made.
If you’re unhappy with the result of your case, you can appeal the decision, for example if you think the decision was incorrect. You might want to seek legal advice if you decide to do this. You can find out how to appeal a decision with the judiciary on GOV.UK or through your legal representative.
To tell us how we can improve:
We’ll not be able to write back to you, but we want to hear if we can improve.
Say thank you
To tell us we’ve done something well:
We’ll not write back to you, but we want to know if we’ve done something well. We can make sure it keeps happening and learn from your feedback.