News story: HMCTS Reform Programme


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Updated: November 2018 newsletter added.

We have started a very ambitious programme of court reform, which aims to bring new technology and modern ways of working to what is – and will remain – the best justice system in the world.

The principles that underpin the system are enduring. But our systems and processes have not kept pace with the world around us. We know we can make justice less confusing, easier to navigate and better at responding to the needs of the public.

In collaboration with the senior judiciary and the Ministry of Justice, we are investing £1bn to reform our courts and tribunals system. We have made a good start. But we can’t do it alone; and we certainly can’t do it well unless we involve all those who work within it and care about it.

We are keen to share our plans, listen to those who use our courts and tribunals, and work together with our partners to achieve the best possible outcome.

Further detail can be found in our HMCTS reform update (PDF, 1.61MB, 28 pages)

Reform projects

There are over 50 projects included in the reform programme - see the descriptions of each project.

News and announcements

We will publish our latest news and announcements on our GOV.UK homepage.


We will issue a monthly external email newsletter on our reform progress. To receive the newsletter, please sign up to our email alerts and select the relevant topics of interest to you. Previous editions of the newsletter can be seen below:

Inside HMCTS blog

We will use our Inside HMCTS blog on GOV.UK as a communication channel that encourages two-way engagement on our reform progress, included providing regular updates on our projects and new online services.

Reform roadshows

Over the last twelve months, we have engaged with nearly 200 legal professionals in a series of regional roadshow events about the reform agenda. We recorded the last event, held in London on 24 May.

In September 2018, we announced plans to host a range of face-to-face and online events aimed at practising legal professionals and professional court users.

Building on the success of the previous roadshows and incorporating feedback from attendees, the events will be organised by jurisdiction (crime, civil, family and tribunals) and topic. Ease of access for all will be a priority and the face-to-face events will continue to cover different geographical locations.

Our events page will be updated as new events are added.



All of our consultations (those open and closed) are published on GOV.UK.

Further information

Online services

As part of our reform programme we have launched new online services, these include:

We want to hear your views

As our reform programme gathers pace, we want to continue the conversation with you. You can find out the latest and tell us what you think in any of the following ways:

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