HMCTS reform events programme

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


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.

Event Date Details Target audience Ticket availability
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 Reserve list only
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

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

Previous events

Event Date Details Target audience Recording available
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 No – 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
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
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
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 13 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. International conference tickets update: reserve list only
  2. Link to presentation on 15 October added.
  3. First published.