New 556 page report by Commision on Justice in Wales has made 78 recommendations for reform, concluding that that Wales should take over control of both policy and funding from Westminster. Recommendations include: A new justice department of the Welsh government led by a cabinet minister, a Welsh High Court and Court of Appeal, and a criminal legal aid system run on ’Nordic’ public defender lines.
The Legal Education Foundation has published a comprehensive and insightful report by leading legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg QC on the court reform programme, from origins to implementation.
There's a very clear focus point in the latest updates given by HMCTS Digital Architecture and Cyber Security team.
A fraudster used multiple callers, purportedly calling from court and eventually impersonated a judge via conference call, to extort around £79,000 of his victim who he threatened with imprisonment for contempt of court.
The Civil Liability Bill will introduce reduced rates for damages. It will also be accompanied by an increase in the small claims limit resulting in fewer claimants being represented. The progress of this legislation looks set to be halted until September at the earliest.
Following on from focus group research earlier this year, HMCTS is starting to design a way for legal practitioners to interact digitally with HMCTS when: issuing new process; sending and receiving case documentation and evidence; needing to view the progress of cases; and paying fees.
As part of HMCTS court reform process more and more services are moving to online systems. To help people navigate and use these new online tool "Assisted Digital" has been designed to support users of the system. HMCTS have now provided an update on the progress of Assisted Digital design.