Ministry of Justice

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There are a number of areas on our website that will be particularly useful for members of the legal profession, including guidance for practitioners and the civil, criminal and family procedure rules.

The procedure rules pages contain the civil, criminal and family (adoption) procedure rules and their related practice directions.

Background information on the legislation for which the Ministry of Justice is responsible, together with statistics, research papers and policy reports are in our publications section.

By going to consultations, you also have the opportunity to read and comment on our proposals to create new policies or reform existing ones.

Our search facility will be able to help you further if you cannot find what you are looking for.

Practical information for users of the courts is on the Her Majesty’s Courts Service website, where you can also download court forms.

Background information on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how it helps support and promote decision making is on the Office of the Public Guardian website, which also has forms and guidance.

The Tribunals Service website gives information on how tribunals make sure that the public can exercise their rights and seek redress against government decisions. It also outlines how they help settle disputes between employers and employees.