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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.

We email our ‘HMCTS Update’ to our subscribers on Sunday evenings. Subscribe to receive our email alerts

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HMCTS Update for week commencing Monday 4 March 2024

Next week’s update will be published on Friday 8 March 2024.

General

Reform plans across civil, family and tribunals

To complete the series of updates about the Reform Programme, our Programme Director for civil, family and tribunals (CFT) highlights what it means across CFT jurisdictions, as well as describing some changes to central functions. 

In her blog, Rachel Hunt describes how reform across CFT will move forward, to get the technology right and provide a more reliable and consistent service for public and professional users.

New Blackpool court given go-ahead

Blackpool Planning Committee has granted full planning permission for the new £40m Blackpool Court to be built at Devonshire Road in the town. The new state-of-the-art court will deal with civil, family, tribunals and magistrates’ work.

Courts Minister, Mike Freer MP said the approval is “an exciting step forward for Blackpool”, with plans for the next phase of the project now able to get underway.

Crime

Completing Reform - Common Platform

A new blog from our Crime Programme Director describes what the revised plans for delivering the Reform Programme, which we shared last week, mean for the crime programme.

As part of the revised the scope, Daniel Flury details our plans to retain the Digital Case System in the Crown Court, while continuing to make improvements to Common Platform.

Inside the Criminal Courts

In the latest video in our series looking inside criminal courts you can hear from Marie, a Court Co-ordinator. She provides a link between the agencies working on a pilot scheme which aims to reduce reoffending.

The Intensive Supervision Court pilot, launched last year in Liverpool, Teesside and Birmingham courts, targets the root causes of offending behaviour through community-based sentences.

Join a PET and BCM support seminar

We’re running more sessions to support defence professionals in using the digitised Preparing for Effective Trial (PET) and Better Case Management (BCM) forms in Common Platform.

We’ll share guidance and best practice on how to use the PET and BCM forms effectively. We’ll also tell you about planned changes and improvements.

Sessions take place outside normal court hours, beginning at 5.30pm, and last 45 minutes with a range of dates available.

Book your place now:

Family

Probate professionals webinar

We’re running a webinar for probate professionals on Tuesday 5 March 2024. Adam Lennon, Deputy Director and Service Owner and Jeannine North, Delivery Director will provide an update on the service’s performance and we will share guidance on the most recent service changes.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions. More information and registration details are available on our events page.

Register for the event

Previous editions

Published 21 May 2021
Last updated 1 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated for week commencing 4 March 2024.

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  11. Updated W/C 18 December

  12. Update for week commencing Monday 11 December published.

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

  14. Update for week commencing Monday 27 November published.

  15. Update for week commencing Monday 20 November published.

  16. Update for week commencing Monday 13 November published.

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

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

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  20. Update for week commencing Monday 16 October published.

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

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

  23. Update for week commencing Monday 25 September published.

  24. Update for week commencing Monday 18 September published.

  25. Updated for week commencing Monday 11 September.

  26. Update for week commencing Monday 4 September published.

  27. Update for week commencing Monday 28 August published,

  28. Updated for week commencing 21 August 2023

  29. Updated for week commencing Monday 14 August 2023

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  39. Updated for Week Commencing 5 June 2023

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

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

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  175. Updated COVID guidance pages added.

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

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

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