Listed here are all our news items published since HMCS was created on 1 April 2005, together with our press releases.
17 November 2010
Christmas and New Year closures for HMCS courts and offices 2010
Crown courts, county courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will close over the Christmas period 2010 on:
Friday 24 December 2010
Monday 27 December 2010
Tuesday 28 December 2010
Monday 3 January 2011
Magistrates' court closures will vary. Some courts may operate on 24, 27 and 28 December, 1 and 3 January. Please check with the court before travelling.
Court addresses and information
14 October 2010
Survey measuring the satisfaction of court users, both public and professional, across England and Wales, published on the Ministry of Justice website.
1 October 2010
New Chief Executive for Her Majesty's Courts Service
Peter Handcock CBE, former Director General of the Ministry of Justice’s Access to Justice Group, today takes up the role of Chief Executive of Her Majesty’s Courts Service. His appointment follows the retirement of Chris Mayer, who held the post since 2008.
Peter has also been appointed Chief Executive Designate of the new integrated courts and tribunals service which is due to launch in April 2011. The new agency will bring together courts and tribunals into a single organisation which will continue to deliver improvements in the services provided to courts and tribunal users.
Peter Handcock has worked in the court and tribunal system for over 30 years, in both operational and headquarters posts. Prior to his appointment as Director General of the Access to Justice Group in 2008 he was the Chief Executive of the Tribunals Service.
30 November 2009
Christmas and New Year closures for HMCS courts and offices 2009
Dates on which the Crown Courts, county courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will be closed.
01 October 2009
New Lasting Power of Attorney forms
New, revised, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) forms have been launched today (1st October) by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). After a consultation process involving customers, stakeholders & staff the forms were redesigned to be simpler and easier to complete.
What is it?
An LPA is a legal document that allows you to plan ahead for the future and choose someone now that you trust to make decisions on your behalf at a time in the future when you may lack the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself.
There are two types of LPA you can make:
• A Property and Affairs LPA – allows you to appoint an Attorney to make decisions about the management of your finance and property, for example paying bills or selling your property on your behalf.
• A Personal Welfare LPA – gives you the opportunity to appoint an Attorney to make decisions about your personal welfare, including healthcare and medical treatment.
Where do I go for more information?
For more information you can:
• Visit the OPG website www.publicguardian.gov.uk.
• Call the OPG on 0845 330 2900 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).
• E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 September 2009
HMCS celebrates success
The HMCS National Award ceremony took place on 17 September where staff were recognised for their hard work, personal commitment and resourcefulness.
Details of the winners are available within the national and regional press releases.
03 September 2009
Humber and South Yorkshire Courts Board Annual Public Meeting 11 September 2009, 12 noon - 2.00 p.m.
Humber and South Yorkshire Courts Board invite you to their annual public meeting at the Town Hall, Barnsley. As part of the meeting the Chairman, Kenneth Wyatt, will be delivering a presentation, followed by an update on the work of the dedicated drugs court by Mr. Terry Kendall, Chairman of the drugs panel and Sue Delamore and Sally Woffenden from the Probation Service.
You are invited to come along and look at stands and displays being provided by various agencies who work with drug related offenders. There will be an opportunity to put questions to representatives from the South Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board (SYLCJB) who will be exhibiting as part of the main event.
Doors will open at 12 noon and the event is expected to finish by 2pm.
For more information contact Julia Naylor on 0114 201 1148 or by email: email@example.com
27 August 2009
Greenwich Magistrates' Court Centenary Court Open Day Saturday 19 September 2009, 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m
What does it feel like to be part of a court case now or judge whether someone was guilty 100 years ago? Come to the historic Greenwich Magistrates’ Court and find out about its past then possibly become part of its future.
Entry is free of charge, with no advanced booking required. Greenwich Magistrates’ Court is at 9 Blackheath Road SE10 8PE. The nearest tube is DLR station Deptford Bridge and nearest train station is Greenwich. Bus routes 53 and 177 stop nearby.
Visitors can look forward to a lively programme of activities that includes:
• behind the scenes tours, including the court rooms and prison cells
• watching and taking part in Edwardian and modern day mock hearings – decide on innocence or guilt and sentences to fit the crime
• meeting the mounted police, police dogs, and exploring a police van, then climbing on board a prison vehicle and a 1910 fire engine.
• demonstrations of fingerprinting and electronic tagging
• speaking to magistrates who make vital decisions on behalf of the local community.
There will be a free raffle and historical displays along with a gallery of display stands from local organisations and the court’s justice partners including the Crown Prosecution Service, Serco, London Fire Service, Police, Probation Service, Witness Service and Victim Support, and domestic violence charities.
With all the criminal justice agencies and many other services represented under one roof, the open day promises to be of interest to people of all ages.
27 August 2009
Cumbria and Lancashire Courts Board Public Meeting 3 September 2009
The Cumbria and Lancashie Courts Board will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 3 September 2009 at Carlisle Combined Court, Earl Street, Carlisle at 2.00pm.
Courts Boards are not involved in any judicial decisions, their role is instead to offer an opportunity for local people to contribute to decisions such as:
• Where courts are located;
• How customer service can be improved;
• How the best use can be made of resources to deliver a high level of service across the range of courts: civil, family and criminal.
Please note that the Board will not comment on individual cases or on sentencing matters.
For more information about the meeting contact Lorraine Edgar on 01772 272820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
19 August 2009
HMCS Wales complaints survey
Have you made a complaint to any HMCS Wales Court or office within the last six months?
We are keen to improve our procedures and the service we provide to our court users, including how we handled your complaint. We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete a brief questionnaire, it should take no longer than five minutes
Please note that this questionnaire is seeking your views on the way your complaint was handled, not about the outcome of your case.
20 July 2009
HMCS Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09
Bank Holiday court closures
Crown and county courts will be closed on Tuesday 26 May 2009. The Royal Courts of Justice will be open for business. Magistrates' court sittings will vary, please check with the court before travelling.
01 April 2009
Electronic working pilot scheme Practice Direction
02 April 2009
Regional venues for the Administrative Court
From 21 April 2009 it will be possible to issue most Administrative Court proceedings at the District Registry of the High Court at Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds or Manchester as well as at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
The four centres will be located at:
- Cardiff Civil Justice Centre
2 Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1ET
- Birmingham Civil Justice Centre
Priory Courts, 5th Floor, 33 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6DS
- Leeds Combined Court
1 Oxford Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3BG
- Manchester Civil Justice Centre
12th Floor, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M3 3FX
The Honourable Mr Justice Beatson will have responsibility for the Administrative Court on the Wales and Midland circuits. The Honourable Mr Justice Langstaff will be responsible on the Northern and North-Eastern circuits. They will hear Administrative Court matters while on circuit and liaise with Presiding Judges, other nominated Administrative Court judges and Senior Circuit Judges sitting as deputy High Court Judges to ensure that the Administrative Court workload out of London is appropriately managed.
The work of the Administrative Court is varied, consisting of the administrative law jurisdiction of England and Wales as well as a supervisory jurisdiction over lower courts and tribunals. The Court is responsible for all Judicial Review applications as well as dealing with a wide range of statutory appeals and applications. The regionalisation of the Administrative Court stems from the January 2007 report, Justice Outside London.
24 March 2009
Sheffield Magistrates to mark 100 years of Youth Justice - Youth Court Open Day Saturday 28 March 2009 10.30am - 4.00pm
26 March 2009
Domestic violence: eighteen new special courts announced
13 February 2009
Guildford Crown Court Open Day Saturday 28 February 2009 10.00am - 4.00pm
19 January 2009
MoJ Corporate Plan 2009-2011 published today
27 January 2009
Proposed merger of Warley and West Bromwich Local Justice Areas
29 January 2009
Hate Crime on Trial - North West Regional Events
A series of community events aimed at providing an insight into how the Police, Courts, Probation and other support services work in partnership to deal with Hate Crime.
30 January 2009
New drug court launches in Barnsley