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HMCTS weekly update

A weekly summary of the latest HM Courts and Tribunals Service operational position for users. We aim to update this every Friday at 4pm.

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HMCTS Update for week commencing Monday 19 February 2024

Next week’s update will be published on Friday 23 February 2024.

General

The Lord Chancellor’s visit to Leeds

The Lord Chancellor Alex Chalk KC visited the new Leeds Employment Tribunal and Business and Property Court at West Gate, Leeds.

He visited new hearing rooms which have been delivered as part of the £220 million funding for essential modernisation and repair work of our court buildings over two years.

Nightingale Courts update

A total of 20 Nightingale courtrooms across England and Wales will remain open in 2024, with the majority open until March 2025.

These temporary courtrooms, across nine venues, will continue to be used by judges to hear cases ranging from shoplifting to family proceedings and small claims hearings.

Catering services opportunities in the North West

We’re currently inviting expressions of interest from suppliers to provide catering services to court users at Bolton Crown and Magistrates’ Court and Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square). The two courts are busy buildings with a high level of footfall from professional users, judges, court staff, jurors and a range of other people using the sites.

For Bolton, formal expressions of interest should be sent to Bolton-Combined-Accommodation@justice.gov.uk and for further information about the contract, you should call the accommodation team on 01204 372104.

Formal expressions of interest for Manchester should be sent to the accommodation manager matt.shaw@justice.gov.uk, with further information available by calling 0161 9541737.

The expressions of interest for both sites close at midnight on Sunday 25 February 2024.

Crime

Inside the Criminal Courts

In our most recent ‘Inside the Criminal Courts’ video, we hear from one of our listing officers, Ami.

She explains the importance of working with a range of partners across the justice system to ensure we’re able to list as many cases as we possibly can for trial.

Ministry of Justice launches Victims’ Code campaign

The Code provides support, advice and guidance to help victims and witnesses in England and Wales understand their rights, the criminal justice process, and how to access support.

Family

Reminder: Changes to the probate enquiry phoneline

The probate enquiry phoneline is now running from 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, for 12 weeks.

You can still contact the probate service via webchat from 9am to 5pm on all weekdays.

Previous editions

Published 21 May 2021
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  9. Updated W/C 18 December

  10. Update for week commencing Monday 11 December published.

  11. New edition added for week commencing Monday 4 December 2023

  12. Update for week commencing Monday 27 November published.

  13. Update for week commencing Monday 20 November published.

  14. Update for week commencing Monday 13 November published.

  15. Update for week commencing Monday 6 November 2023 published.

  16. Update for w/c 30 Oct 2023 published.

  17. Update for week commencing Monday 23 October published.

  18. Update for week commencing Monday 16 October published.

  19. Update for week commencing Monday 9 October 2023 published.

  20. Weekly updated for w/c 2 October 2023 added.

  21. Update for week commencing Monday 25 September published.

  22. Update for week commencing Monday 18 September published.

  23. Updated for week commencing Monday 11 September.

  24. Update for week commencing Monday 4 September published.

  25. Update for week commencing Monday 28 August published,

  26. Updated for week commencing 21 August 2023

  27. Updated for week commencing Monday 14 August 2023

  28. Updated for week commencing 7 August 2023

  29. Updated for week commencing 31 July 2023

  30. Updated for week commencing 24 July 2023

  31. Update for week commencing Monday 17 July published.

  32. Update for week commencing Monday 10 July 2023 published.

  33. Updated for week commencing 3 July 2023

  34. Updated for week commencing 26 June 2023

  35. Updated for week commencing 19 June 2023

  36. Updated for week commencing Monday 12 June 2023

  37. Updated for Week Commencing 5 June 2023

  38. Updated for week beginning Monday 29 May 2023.

  39. Updated for week beginning Monday 22 May 2023.

  40. Updated for week beginning Monday 15 May 2023.

  41. Updated for week beginning Monday 1 May 2023.

  42. Updated for week commencing Monday 24 April 2023

  43. Updated for week beginning 17 April 2023.

  44. Updated for week commencing Monday 10 April 2023.

  45. Updated for week beginning Monday 3 April 2023.

  46. Updated for week commencing Monday 27 March 2023

  47. Updated for week beginning 20 March 2023.

  48. Updated for week beginning Monday 13 March 2023.

  49. Updated for week commencing Monday 6 March 2023.

  50. HMCTS Update week commencing 27 Feb 2023 added.

  51. Updated for week beginning 20 February 2023.

  52. Updated for week beginning Monday 13 February 2023.

  53. Updated for week beginning 6 February 2023.

  54. Update for week commencing Monday 30 January published.

  55. Update for week commencing Monday 23 January published.

  56. Update for week commencing Monday 16 January 2023 published.

  57. Update for week commencing Monday 9 January 2023 published.

  58. Update for week commencing Monday 2 January 2023 published.

  59. Added translation

  60. Update for week commencing Monday 19 December 2022 published.

  61. Updated for week beginning 12 December 2022.

  62. Update for week commencing Monday 5 December 2022 published.

  63. Update for week commencing Monday 28 November 2022 published.

  64. Added translation

  65. Update for week commencing Monday 21 November 2022 published.

  66. Update for week commencing Monday 14 November published.

  67. Update for week commencing Monday 7 November published.

  68. Added translation

  69. Update for week commencing Monday 31 October 2022 published.

  70. Added translation

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  72. Update for week commencing Monday 24 October published.

  73. Updated for week commencing 17 October.

  74. Added translation

  75. Updated for week commencing Monday 10 October 2022.

  76. Updated for week commencing Monday 3 October 2022.

  77. Updated for week commencing Monday 26 September 2022.

  78. Added translation

  79. Update for week commencing Monday 5 September 2022 published.

  80. Update for week commencing Monday 29 August 2022 published.

  81. Update for week commencing Monday 22 August 2022 published.

  82. Update for week commencing Monday 15 August 2022 published.

  83. Added translation

  84. Update for week commencing Monday 8 August 2022 published.

  85. Update for week commencing Monday 1 August 2022 published.

  86. Update for week commencing Monday 25 July 2022 published.

  87. Update for week commencing Monday 18 July 2022 published.

  88. Added translation

  89. Update for week commencing Monday 11 July 2022 published.

  90. Updated for week commencing Monday 4 July.

  91. Update for week commencing Monday 27 June 2022 published.

  92. Operational update on bar action added.

  93. Update for week commencing Monday 20 June 2022 published.

  94. Update for week commencing Monday 13 June 2022.

  95. Update for week commencing Monday 6 June 2022 published.

  96. Update for week commencing Monday 30 May 2022 published.

  97. Update for week commencing Monday 23 May 2022 published.

  98. Added translation

  99. Update for week commencing Monday 16 May 2022 published.

  100. Update for week commencing Monday 9 May 2022 published.

  101. Update for week commencing Monday 2 May 2022.

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  103. Update for week commencing Monday 25 April 2022 published.

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  106. Update for week commencing Monday 11 April 2022 published.

  107. Added translation

  108. Update for week commencing Monday 4 April 2022 published.

  109. Added translation

  110. Update for week commencing Monday 28 March 2022 published.

  111. Added translation

  112. Update on Common Platform added.

  113. Update for week commencing Monday 21 March 2022 published.

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  115. Update for week commencing Monday 14 March 2022 published.

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  118. Update for week commencing Monday 7 March 2022 published.

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  120. Update for week commencing Monday 28 February 2022 published.

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  122. Update for week commencing Monday 21 February 2022 published.

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  124. Update for week commencing Monday 14 February 2022 published.

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  126. Update for week commencing Monday 7 February 2022 published.

  127. Update for week commencing Monday 31 January 2022 published.

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  129. Update for week commencing Monday 24 January 2022 published.

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  131. Update for week commencing Monday 17 January 2022 published.

  132. Update for week commencing Monday 10 January 2022 published.

  133. Added translation

  134. Update for week commencing Monday 3 January 2022 published.

  135. Update for week commencing Monday 20 December 2021 published.

  136. Added translation

  137. Update for week commencing Monday 13 December 2021 published.

  138. Update for week commencing Monday 6 December 2021 published.

  139. Added translation

  140. Update for week commencing Monday 29 November published.

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  142. Update for week commencing Monday 22 November 2021 published.

  143. Added translation

  144. Update for week commencing Monday 15 November published.

  145. Page updated with changes to HMCTS operations for week commencing 8 Nov 2021.

  146. Update for week commencing Monday 1 November 2021 published.

  147. Added translation

  148. Update for week commencing Monday 25 October published.

  149. Update for week commencing Monday 18 October 2021 published.

  150. Added translation

  151. Update for week commencing Monday 11 October 2021 published.

  152. Update for week commencing Monday 4 October 2021 published.

  153. Added translation

  154. Update for week commencing Monday 27 September published.

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  156. Update for week commencing Monday 20 September 2021 published.

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  158. Update for week commencing Monday 13 September published.

  159. Update for week commencing Monday 6 September 2021 published.

  160. Added translation

  161. Update for week commencing Monday 30 August 2021 published.

  162. Added translation

  163. Updated for week commencing Monday 23 August 2021.

  164. Welsh translation added.

  165. Update for week commencing Monday 16 August 2021 published.

  166. Added translation

  167. Update for week commencing Monday 9 August 2021 published.

  168. Added translation

  169. Update for week commencing Monday 2 August 2021 published.

  170. Added translation

  171. Update for week commencing Monday 26 July 2021 published.

  172. Added translation

  173. Updated COVID guidance pages added.

  174. Update for week commencing Monday 19 July 2021 published.

  175. Added translation

  176. Update for week commencing Monday 12 July published.

  177. Added translation

  178. Update for week commencing Monday 5 July 2021.

  179. Added translation

  180. Update for week commencing Monday 28 June 2021 published.

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  182. Update for week commencing Monday 21 June 2021 published.

  183. Added translation

  184. Update for week commencing Monday 14 June 2021 published.

  185. Added translation

  186. Update for week commencing Monday 7 June 2021 published.

  187. Update for week commencing Monday 31 May 2021 published.

  188. Added translation

  189. Added line on operational status of courts in areas where COVID19 variant is spreading.

  190. First published.