HM Courts & Tribunal Services (HMCTS) has published its civil, family and tribunals recovery plan, detailing the progress that has been made to safely increase capacity to deal with outstanding cases. 

The plan also sets out HMCTS’ plans as to how it will continue to deliver justice services for all users in these areas.

There are five key pillars of recovery:

  • maximising the capacity of the judiciary to sit as many sitting days as possible
  • re-opening courtrooms where it is safe to do so as quickly as possible and reinforce this capacity with “COVID operating hours” and Nightingale courts where required
  • ensuring remote hearings continue to be effectively supported with increased staff support and guidance for users
  • increasing staff numbers to support delivery as the courts adapt to new ways of working
  • continuing to build online services in areas such as probate and divorce, and working with the judiciary to pilot new approaches, which saves administrative time and frees up judges to hear more cases.