Have your say: lifting restrictions in courts and tribunals – HMCTS panel discussion

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is holding an online discussion for the legal profession on Tuesday 27 July, 5pm to 6pm. Tell us your key concerns about lifting restrictions in courts and tribunals in England.

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The session will set out how HMCTS is responding to step 4 of the government’s roadmap out of national restrictions for England.

The event will be a panel-led discussion chaired by Paul Harris, HMCTS operations director, with questions and feedback steered by legal professional body representatives, including Law Society president, I. Stephanie Boyce.  

Register for the event on 27 July

Read our press release on the proposed lifting of restrictions

Your feedback

This is your opportunity to ask questions on the key areas that are causing the most concern to you and your colleagues, including aspects where more clarity is needed.

Questions could cover:

  • court safety measures
  • court recovery measures
  • court buildings
  • the criminal jurisdiction
  • civil, family and tribunals

Contact us

Email hmctscourtreform@lawsociety.org.uk to ensure your views are considered in this panel session and to help us identify the key areas of concern. 

Make sure you include:

  • your questions
  • your area of practice
  • your location

The deadline is 5pm on Thursday 22 July.

Due to the size of the panel and expected volume of questions, HMCTS will not be asking for further questions during the session, although attendees will be able to post comments in the chat bar. HMCTS will review these comments after the session to guide its future events.

Panel members

  • Craig Robb, HMCTS deputy director, governance and assurance
  • Will Breame, HMCTS deputy director, central operations (including COVID response and recovery)
  • Tim Coates, HM Prison and Probation Service, head of prisoner escort and custodial services
  • Claire Medhurst, HMCTS deputy director
  • I. Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Derek Sweeting, chair of the Bar Council
  • Craig Tickner, president of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
  • James Mulholland, chair of the Criminal Bar Association (TBC) 

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