Courts & Judiciary

Prioritise broken justice system, says Law Society

The Law Society has challenged the UK’s leading political parties to place the rule of law and access to justice at the heart of their government plans.

HMCTS: MPs’ report on courts modernisation unbalanced

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has attracted stinging criticism from MPs for triggering a court system in chaos and struggling to explain its vision for reform. 

Profession responds to Supreme Court ruling against Boris

The Law Society has stressed the judiciary’s role in defending democracy today, following the Supreme Court’s ruling that prorogation of parliament was invalid.

Court closures loom as justice system reforms falter

In its latest report on the plans to reform the justice system to make it simpler and cheaper to run, the NAO said although progress has been made, HMCTS is behind schedule and faces “a significant challenge” to deliver its planned revamp on time and to budget.HMCTS has closed 127 courts and tribunals since 2015, the report says, but has had to postpone future closures because of delays in completing other reforms.It has also reduced its estimate of future court closures from 96 to 77 following a value for money assessment.Alth

Fewer solicitor judges on the benches

There are fewer solicitors now sitting as judges in the courts and tribunals than there were in 2015, according to the Judicial Diversity Statistics 2019.

Report advocates mandatory online dispute resolution

Online dispute resolution (ODR) must be made mandatory to succeed, according to an independent report published by the Legal Services Board last week.