HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 29 November 2021

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 29 November 2021

Next week's update will be issued on Friday 6 December 2021.


  • Updated: To allow for planned improvements to be completed, we have decided to extend the pause to rollout, and will not go live with Common Platform in any further courts this calendar year. The changes will improve the speed and usability of Common Platform for current users, and put us in a stronger position to conclude rollout at pace in the new year.
  • Updated: We have published a new 'get started' web page for defence professionals using our Common Platform case management system. This page includes links to essential guidance and contact details for our service centre and the helpdesk.
  • New HMPPS guidance means since Monday 22 November 2021, social distancing can be removed in court docks. Existing physical safety measures (such as screens) will remain, face coverings will be mandatory for staff and defendants will be strongly encouraged to wear them. Prison Escort Custody Services (PECS) is responsible for the safety and security of the dock area – which it reviews after a physical adaption – and will increase safety measures if specific local risks are identified.


  • All Civil and Family courts in Wales have now gone live with Scheduling and Listing. Users will now be able to view court lists in the new format.


  • Updated: From Monday 29 November 2021 local authorities and legal firms under the jurisdictions of Cheshire & Merseyside, Leeds; Wrexham, Brighton, Guildford, York, Portsmouth, West London, Northampton, Teesside, Norwich and Greater Manchester family courts should upload C110a applications for care and supervision orders and discharge of care and supervision orders online to the Family Public Law digital system. Supporting documents for applications required by the Family Court should also be uploaded to the system. Guidance on applying for a family law order is available via GOV.UK

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