Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service


By 2020 Tricia Thomas

Did you know…?
Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice which is responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
HMCTS is separate from, but works with an independent Judiciary, dealing purely with administration. It is strictly impartial, is not responsible for judges’ decisions, is not allowed to comment on judicial decisions and cannot give legal advice.
Employing around 17,000 staff, the remit of HMCTS is broad and far reaching, administering the work of magistrates’ courts and the County Court, Family Court, Crown Court, The Royal Courts of Justice, and of Tribunals. Here’s a link to a long A-Z list of courts and tribunals http://ow.ly/DmgD50AzM6z
There has been capability to have some aspects of hearings heard remotely, such as evidence given from prison, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cloud Video Platform programme has been expedited. Yesterday I joined this webinar on how HMCTS has fast-tracked its implementation of CVP ensuring that courts and hearings could resume safely and as quickly as possible. http://ow.ly/rBEl50AzM6A
Find out more about HMCTS http://ow.ly/4Mx050AzM6B