Consultations on the future of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate
HMCTS has recently announced six separate but related, public consultations about the future of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate.
The first consultation, Fit for the future: Transforming the Courts and Tribunals Estate, provides an outline of reform activities which are either underway or planned. It outlines the three core principles behind our approach to managing our estate – ensuring access to justice, providing value for money for the taxpayer and ensuring efficiency in the long term – and a proposed approach to future consultations on changes to the estate as HMCTS reform initiatives deliver results.
Five separate consultations on proposals to close eight courts in England. These proposals are being made under the existing courts and tribunals estates principles and current processes and workloads.
The courts are:
The consultations will be run for 10 weeks, closing on 29 March 2018. If you would like to help shape the Law Society’s response to the above consultations, please contact Valerie Robertson, modernising justice policy adviser.