Category Archives: Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals

Parliamentary committee backs definition of access to justice

This post was originally placed on the Legal Education Foundation (TLEF) site  and written by Natalie Byrom. The influential, cross party Justice Select Committee has called on the Ministry of Justice to evaluate the impact of court reform against the legal standard of access to justice summarised in TLEF’s “Digital Justice” report. HMCTS must act now … Continue reading Parliamentary committee backs definition of access to justice

Access to Justice and Modernising the Courts: the sound of one hand clapping

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has replied today to the high level House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the access to justice evaluation of its court modernisation programme. Read it and hear the sound of one hand clapping. The command of the PAC was for the HMCTS ‘to write to the Committee … Continue reading Access to Justice and Modernising the Courts: the sound of one hand clapping

Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports

For those following the juggernaut that is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s online court programme for England and Wales, there are two new must-read publications. The first is the latest update on the reform programme. The second is a research report on implementing video hearings in tax appeals. Those with more detailed professional or … Continue reading Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports

Court Modernisation: Court Service spins response to Audit Office report

After months of debate on the court modernisation programme led by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), we now have an authoritative  analysis from the National Audit Office (NAO). HMCTS chief executive, Susan Acland-Hood, professed herself happy. The report is ‘helpful and constructive’. She was pleased that ‘the NAO acknowledges our “early progress”. Her comments … Continue reading Court Modernisation: Court Service spins response to Audit Office report

The Online Solutions Court: decision trees in the desert

You would not expect Dubai’s bid to become a global judicial decision hub in commercial disputes to have much relevance for the Online Solutions Court for small claims proposed for England and Wales. However, the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai Future Foundation have combined to create a Courts for the Future Forum to … Continue reading The Online Solutions Court: decision trees in the desert