This doc summarises the dialogue of the Strategic Engagement Group (StratEG) assembly held on 6 June 2023. The assembly was held on-line.
Members of the Bar Council, Regulation Society and Chartered Institute of Authorized Executives met with the jurisdictional leads for the HMCTS reform programme and HMCTS company relations crew for the most recent bi-monthly replace and dialogue.
The assembly included 3 displays:
- Frequent Platform replace
- Megatrends and the way forward for HMCTS
- Publications and Data Challenge – Options and advantages of the Court docket and Tribunal Hearings (CaTH) service
2. Reform Programme – jurisdictional updates
Every jurisdiction supplied updates on their space and challenge supply
2.1 Future hearings
Work continues with the video listening to pathfinder court docket to take a look at enterprise processes which is able to assist the roll out of distant hearings for the crime jurisdiction. Options proceed to be refined to make sure accessibility. A young has been revealed for procurement for the video engine which might be awarded within the autumn. The video hearings service might be rolled out throughout 4 jurisdictions by March 2025.
Technical integration between Social Safety and Baby Assist (SSCS) reformed case administration system and ListAssist was efficiently deployed on 6 March 2023. Personal Regulation built-in case administration and ListAssist reform service commenced within the early adopter court docket in Swansea on 17 Might. Testing between ListAssist and Frequent Platform continues.
Since April, civil and household listening to lists have been revealed by courts in Oxford, Milton Keynes, Studying, Slough and Excessive Wycombe. The streamlined means of publishing these lists consists of automation between ListAssist and the Court docket and Tribunal Hearings (CaTH) service.
On-line Civil Cash Claims (OCMC) and Damages Claims providers have each not too long ago launched options for authorized representatives. Within the coming months each providers can even profit from additional performance together with the flexibility to add proof in readiness for a listening to, pay a listening to payment, and the flexibility to make an software, together with lodging a consent order.
Household Personal Regulation gained approval and went dwell on 17 Might with the total end-to-end digital journey for customers with the primary section of early adopter testing in Swansea Household courts and has acquired the primary case via the brand new digital system. The Adoption service is testing the digital software and the flexibility to pay for this on-line. This service is on the market to litigants in individual solely and at 11 early adopter websites.
Technical improvement work has begun on the brand new SSCS ‘submit listening to’ characteristic. The brand new characteristic will embody assertion of causes, setting apart and corrections. A brand new on-line Employment Tribunal 3 MyHMCTS portal for represented respondents has been launched. It can permit skilled customers to submit and handle on-line claims and responses for the Employment Tribunals.
3. Crime and Frequent Platform
The design section is now full for all remaining Frequent Platform performance, nonetheless we proceed to have interaction with consumer teams as we develop the designs.
On the time of this assembly, the Frequent Platform is dwell in 185 courts (62 Crown Courts and 123 Magistrates’ Courts). This equates to 84% of courts that are actually dwell. There are 6 tranches of courts in 4 areas remaining to finish the nationwide roll out of the Frequent Platform. These are as a result of be carried out by the tip of summer season 2023.
New defence steering masking the digitisation of the Preparation for Efficient Trial (PET) and BetterCase Administration (BCM) types (CPS Launch 1) has not too long ago been revealed, offering an in depth overview of the brand new performance.
4. Megatrends and the way forward for HMCTS
HMCTS Enterprise Technique led a presentation and dialogue about how future megatrends might impression HMCTS and its authorized skilled customers. By way of analysis probably the most related present megatrends for HMCTS, its customers and the broader justice system had been recognized and included ‘new fashions of labor’, ‘change in consumer expectations’ and ‘tech acceleration’.
5. Publications and Data Challenge – Options and advantages of the Court docket and Tribunal Hearings (CaTH) service
The presentation outlined the options, advantages and supplied an illustration of the brand new Court docket and Tribunal Hearings (CaTH) service. The service goals to modernise and enhance entry to HMCTS info by offering a single place on GOV.UK for court docket and tribunal lists for members of the media, public and authorized professionals.
Performance is being rolled out throughout courts which might be already utilizing ListAssist and can roll out farther from September 2023. The challenge helps HMCTS’ dedication to open justice.
6. Subsequent assembly
A date for the following assembly might be circulated to members, to mirror the change in frequency.