HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has published an organisational risk assessment and an assessment tool, which will enable it to regularly review the safety of its buildings.

These tools will help HMCTS to “identify and act quickly on any areas of concern”. If there is an instance where it cannot resolve any major issues quickly, it will temporarily close the building until satisfied that it is safe to re-open.

We provided feedback on these tools, representing our members’ concerns regarding safety. Susan Acland Hood, CEO of HMCTS, has acknowledged our input in her letter to Simon Davis, president of the Law Society.

Read the letter

If you do, however, continue to have any concerns regarding safety when attending court, we’d encourage you to report any poor practice you see on the ground through the government’s reporting form or by emailing