HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 9 August 2021

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS weekly operational update for week commencing Monday 9 August 2021

Next week's update will be issued on Friday 13 August 2021.

  • The number and location of our temporary Nightingale courts will be changing over the coming weeks as we reach the end of venue-hire contracts. We're continuing with as many Nightingale courtrooms as possible where there is an operational need. We're extending 32 Crown Nightingale courtrooms to April 2022.
  • Updated: Read our latest guidance for all court and tribunal users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reminder: We actively encourage our staff and all court users to continue with twice-weekly asymptomatic rapid testing regardless of their vaccination status. We also encourage individuals to take a free, rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test before coming to a court or tribunal. These are free and readily available in your local area, or to order online. Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate and follow the latest NHS advice.


  • Common Platform is now live in 101 courts (32 Crown Courts and 69 magistrates' courts). 44% of all criminal courts are now managing cases on Common Platform.
  • In August, Common Platform is scheduled to roll out to a further 2 regions covering 16 courts in the South West and the Midlands. We continue to prepare all sites for readiness in advance of going live, including the relevant police forces. We evaluate progress at all live sites and adjust the approach to roll-out if necessary.
  • Reminder: We prioritise setting up Common Platform accounts according to where legal professionals are based. Solicitors and barristers who work at courts due to go live with Common Platform soon will have their account set up expedited. If you work at a court which isn't due to go live for a while, your account will still be set up, it might just take a little longer. If you work at a court that is already live and you don't have an account, let us know and your account will be set up urgently.
  • Reminder: Defence professionals can download the Initial Details of the Prosecution Case (IDPC) directly from Common Platform, instead of requesting this from the Crown Prosecution Service. You can also upload case documents directly to Common Platform. If you're working on a Common Platform case, please use this feature instead of emailing documents to HMCTS or our service centre.
  • Reminder: Defence solicitors and barristers can use the Common Platform professional check-in feature in both the Crown Court and the magistrates' court. This records your name against the court record for Legal Aid Agency payment purposes, and informs the judge, legal adviser or court clerk that you are in attendance. Watch our video guide to find out more.


  • A new feature is being rolled out to the online civil money claims (OCMC) system, which allows judges to draw direction orders digitally. Judge draws directions order (JDDO) allows judges to draw digital directions orders via OCMC for cases that are valued between £300.01 and £10,000. The feature has been rolled out across the North East and South East and is being introduced to all other regions over the next few months.
  • On Monday 19 July 2021, the Royal Courts of Justice and Upper Tribunal Project switched on the E-filing service for the following Queen's Bench District Registries: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. E-filing allows external users to issue and file documents, pay court fees, review and track their cases online. The proposed date for mandatory use of the service by legal professionals is Monday 18 October 2021. Further information on the practice direction has now been published.


  • Since Monday 26 July 2021 all C110a applications for care and supervision orders for Coventry Combined Court Centre, Swansea Civil Justice Centre and Worcester Combined Court must now be made online using the Family Public Law service.


  • Updated: We're extending our new online immigration and asylum appeal service. If you don't have legal representation and wish to lodge a protection or revocation of protection appeal from within the UK, you can now do this online. If you experience any issues with the online system, you can contact our helpdesk on 0300 123 1711.

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