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HMCTS reform events programme

A calendar of our online, face-to-face and showcase events about the reform programme.

Overview

We are modernising our courts and tribunals system to make it more straightforward, accessible and efficient for all. It’s an ambitious £1bn programme designed to improve the system for both those who use it and for those working within it.

We recognise the vital role that our stakeholders play in helping us to understand the needs of courts and tribunals users, and to identify opportunities to improve their experience, remove access to justice barriers, and make the most of modern ways of working.

We’re planning events to raise awareness and contribute to the progress of different aspects of the reform programme. Events include an international conference on online courts, live online events and showcase opportunities for users to get hands-on with some of our new and developing services. We’re creating opportunities to hear your views and feedback, and enable you to ask questions about the progress and ambitions of specific projects.

Upcoming events

We will host a series of face-to-face and online events, in various formats, providing a range of opportunities to get involved. Wherever possible, we will livestream face-to-face events and enable participation online.

We’ll update this page as new events and locations are added.

In addition to these events, we regularly host a number of engagement forums to ensure we collaborate with professional and public user groups on proposals and developments and so that their needs are understood and included in our reform work.

Event Date Details Target audience
Online event: An update on recovery in the civil and family courts & tribunals Wednesday 2 December, 1-2pm HMCTS published its recovery plan for civil and family courts and tribunals on 9 November. This webinar will provide an update on the challenges the jurisdictions have faced, and the progress made in restoring capacity to these areas. This session is aimed at legal professionals, professional court users and members of the third sector with an interest in these jurisdictions.

Previous crime events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
Online event: Introducing the Common Platform Thursday 15 October, 1-2pm Common Platform is the new digital case management system for criminal cases, which is now rolling out to a series of ‘early adopter’ courts. This session explained what this means for you, how you can access and benefit from the service, and what support will be available. Defence solicitors and barristers. Yes
Online event: An update on recovery in the criminal courts Wednesday 23 September, 5pm to 6pm This online event provided an update on the steps we are taking towards recovery in the various jurisdictions. This event concentrated on the criminial jurisdiction. Legal professionals and professional court users Yes
Crime Reform: face-to-face event, Bristol Thursday 24 January 2019, 5:30pm How the reformed crime area will support digital working throughout the criminal courts, enable all participants in the criminal justice system to work from the same information to reduce duplication of effort, and introduce more consistent working practises Practising legal professionals and professional court users Yes
Video Remand Hearing workshop - Leeds Thursday 29 November 2018 This workshop will look at the informal conversations legal professionals have within the courtroom to progress a case, and consider how they might be replicated in a digital environment. Learn more about the video remand hearings project, give us your feedback and help us to understand the issues and potential solutions. Practising legal professionals and professional court users No
Video Remand Hearing workshop - Sheffield Thursday 22 November 2018, 4.30pm until 6.30pm This workshop will look at the informal conversations legal professionals have within the court room to progress a case, and consider how they might be replicated in a digital environment. Learn more about the video remand hearings project, give us your feedback and help us to understand the issues and potential solutions. Practising legal professionals and professional court users No
Video Remand Hearings: online event Thursday 27 September 2018 An overview of this project which aims to transform the way in which hearings for defendants held in custody could be administered in the future. The service will enable suitable proceedings to move out of the physical courtroom and into a video space. Practising legal professionals and professional court users, Crown Prosecution Service and representatives of the police. Yes, a recording of the event, presentations and summary of questions are available

Previous civil events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
Civil reform: online personal injury and unspecified money claims (PD51S)] online event Thursday 28 May, 1pm to 2pm Hosted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Find out more about how legal professionals can make personal injury and unspecified money claims online. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, HMCTS has expanded our pilot scheme in PD51S to allow all professional applicants to use it. Practising legal professionals, professional court users, third-sector organisations, and academics Yes
Civil Reform: online introduction to electronic filing Ongoing Do you file claims and documents in the Business and Property Courts outside of London i.e. Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Birmingham or Cardiff? We will be holding further online sessions to provide professional users with an introduction to the E-Filing service available for Business and Property Court users. These events will be delivered by Thomson Reuters, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have Legal professionals working in the Business and Property Courts outside of London Yes
Civil reform: warrant of control support centres online event Monday 28 October 2019 at 1pm Discover how we are modernising processes around enforcing judgments in the county court. Our new warrant of control support centres aim to engage with debtors early to try to resolve the warrant. This approach aims to provide improved support to debtors and an earlier resolution for creditors. Legal professionals, professional court users, third-sector organisations. Yes
Civil Reform: face-to-face event, Manchester Monday 11 March 2019, 5.30pm Find out how the reform programme is bringing digital ways of working to the civil courts, including how online services are helping users get easier and more convenient access to justice. The event will look in detail at work in two reform projects - civil money claims and civil enforcement, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end. Practising legal professionals, professional court users, third-sector organisations. Yes - event page published
Civil Reform: online event Monday 15 October 2018, 1pm Aims to showcase the civil area of the reform programme and will include demonstrations and Q&A. Practising legal professionals and professional court users Yes, a recording of the event, slides, questions and answers are available

Previous family events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
Online event: An update on the family public law digital service Wednesday 4 November, 1-2pm We have resumed the national rollout of the family public law digital service. This service allows local authorities to complete and submit digital C110a applications for care and supervision orders. In this webinar we explained how the service works and how using it can help local authorities and legal professionals involved in care and supervision proceedings by giving them access to the right information at the right time. Local authorities, legal professionals involved in care proceedings, third sector organisations. Yes
Family public law and adoption reform Thursday 23 January 2020 at 1pm We are modernising court processes around family public law and adoption around the needs of our users. This webinar will explain how we have been testing an online service for making care and supervision orders – a service that is about to be extended to all of England and Wales between March to June 2020. It will also show you some of the other changes planned for the year ahead. Local authorities, legal professionals, professional court users, third-sector organisations Yes
HMCTS reform online event: probate Thursday 4 July 2019 - 5.30pm to 7.30pm Our reform probate project held an engagement event to demonstrate the new online service for professional users. The event also included an overview of the new paper route, followed by a Q&A session. Legal professionals working in probate. Yes
Family Reform: Online event Tuesday 2 April 2019, 1pm The event will include an overview of the latest developments in family reform. You will hear about our new digital divorce service, and it’s move to our new courts and tribunals service centre. This will mean an improved, more consistent service for divorcing couples. You will also see an overview of the public law care and supervision pilot. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more, view demonstrations and ask questions about the progress and ambitions of the reform programme. Practising legal professionals and professional court users. Yes - event page published
Family Reform: face-to-face event, London Monday 29 October 2018, 5:30pm A showcase for some of the live services which are making a difference to our users now, and those which are in the pipeline for release in the coming months. We will provide an overview of digital divorce, the digital financial remedy solution, as well as outlining plans for public law care and supervision. Practising legal professionals and professional court users Yes

Previous tribunals events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
Tribunals reform: immigration and asylum appeals Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 1pm We are modernising the way in which Home Office decisions about a person’s immigration status are appealed. This webinar will explain how we have been testing new processes with legal professionals and tell you more about our plans to allow more people to use the reformed service. Legal professionals, professional court users, third-sector organisations. Yes
Tribunal reform: online event Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 1 pm Discover how we are modernising tribunals. This event will look in detail at two projects: immigration and asylum appeals, and social security and child support appeals – particularly for Personal Independence Payment and Employment Support Allowance. It will also look at the development of continuous online resolution. Legal professionals, professional court users, local authorities, third-sector organisations, health professionals. Yes
Tribunal Reform: face-to-face event, Exeter Tuesday 26 February 2019, 5:30pm Discover how we are modernising tribunals. This event will look in detail at two projects: immigration and asylum appeals, and social security and child support appeals – particularly for Personal Independence Payment and Employment Support Allowance. It will also look at the changes that will be made to employment and other tribunals Legal professionals, professional court users, local authorities, third sector organisations, health professionals. Yes, a recording of the event, slides, questions and answers are available

Previous infrastructure, cross-cutting and enabling services events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
Online event: 4th annual Public User event Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 November This online event offered an opportunity to hear updates from key projects across all jurisdictions within the reform programme and how they’ve been responding to Coronavirus. Professional court users, legal professionals, organisations that work with or represent public court users, and HMCTS staff. Yes
Online event: Use of remote hearings during the coronavirus outbreak Wednesday 15 July 2020, 1-2pm This online event will provide an outline of how we have expanded the use of technology to hold more video and audio hearings across all jurisdictions during the coronavirus outbreak to maintain justice. It will provide details of our future plans for the new technology. You will have the chance to view a demonstration of how it works and an opportunity to ask questions. Defence advocates and prosecutors, and other legal professionals Yes – event page published
Crime Reform: introducing the common platform This event has been postponed. A new date will be published in due course Common platform is the underpinning digital infrastructure for our reforms in criminal justice - a single online system designed to act as a ‘central hub’ enabling legal professionals, the police, Crown Prosecution Service and HMCTS to access and share all relevant information about a case. This event will give you an opportunity to find out more about what the system offers and how it works in practice. Legal professionals and professional court users  
Annual Public User Event: A future court and tribunal service built for users Tuesday 5 November 2019, 9.15am to 1.30pm As the reform programme approaches its halfway point, you’ll be able to see the progress that public user organisations have helped us to make with key projects over the past 12 months. We’ll provide detailed overviews from the crime, civil, family and tribunal jurisdictions, as well as some of our cross-cutting work Organisations that work with or represent public court users No - event page published
International Forum: face-to-face event, London Monday 3 December and Tuesday 4 December 2018 ‘The cutting edge of digital reform’ is being organised by the Society for Computers and Law and supported by HMCTS. The conference will look at cutting edge court technology around the world and discuss some of the central issues that will face policymakers, judges, technologists, and lawyers, who are planning or introducing online courts. Policy-makers, court officials, judges, lawyers and senior academics Yes – event page published
HMCTS Public Event 2018: face-to-face event, London Tuesday 6 November 2018, 9:30am to 2pm Our second large scale public event to see first hand the progress public user organisations have helped us to make over the last year. With both market stalls and hands on activity sessions available, there will be opportunities to engage with 23 project teams, attending across all jurisdictions. Public users and organisations that represent them Yes – event page published
Reform Roadshow event, face-to-face, London 24 May 2018 To engage and gain feedback on the reform programme and ideas for the future. Legal professionals. Yes, a recording of the livestream

We held a series of roadshow events from November 2017 to engage and inform legal professionals and professional court users about the reform agenda. The events covered a range of locations, including Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, London, Winchester and Cardiff.

The slides from those events are available. A recording of the live stream from the last event held in London on 24 May 2018 is included in the table above.

Published 2 October 2018
Last updated 18 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. New online event added for civil and family courts & tribunals

  2. New online event added for family public law.

  3. Added new event

  4. Added new online event - Public User event, Tues 3-Thurs 5 Nov.

  5. Updated event time

  6. New online event added.

  7. HMCTS online event, 15 July 2020: Use of remote hearings to maintain justice during the coronavirus outbreak updated with link to event page added.

  8. New online event for remote hearings added for Wednesday 15 July 1-2pm.

  9. Civil reform: online personal injury and unspecified money claims (PD51S) event added.

  10. Crime webinar to be held on 22 April has been postponed.

  11. Immigration and Asylum appeal reform event in Birmingham postponed.

  12. Immigration and asylum appeals reform event in Birmingham added.

  13. New event added: Crime Reform: introducing the common platform.

  14. Events updataed.

  15. Family public law and adoption reform event on 23 Jan 2020 added.

  16. New electronic filing events added.

  17. Warrants of control event video and slides added.

  18. Tribunals reform: IAC appeals event added.

  19. Public User Engagement event on 4 November 2019 added.

  20. Online sessions for working with electronic filing in the Senior Courts Costs Office on 24, 25 and 26 September added.

  21. Civil reform: 28 Oct 2019 added.

  22. New civil e-filing events added.

  23. Summary of probate event held on 4 July added.

  24. Tribunals event for 26 June 2019 video and slides added.

  25. Online probate event added.

  26. New events added.

  27. New tribunals reform event on 26 June 2019 added.

  28. Civil Reform: online introduction to electronic filing dates added.

  29. Details of online event on 2 April 2019 added.

  30. Link to Tribunals reform event on 26 February.

  31. Civil reform: electronic filing (CE-File) events added

  32. Civil reform ce-file induction events added.

  33. Rearranged family reform event

  34. Link to crime event on 24 January 2019 materials added

  35. Family reform online event on 11 February added.

  36. New event added.

  37. Civil reform event - 11 March 2019 tickets available

  38. New events added

  39. International conference tickets update: reserve list only

  40. Link to presentation on 15 October added.

  41. First published.