HMCTS Weekly Operational Update - Week commencing Monday 21 March 2022

HMCTS weekly operational update

HMCTS operational summary for week commencing Monday 21 March 2022

Next week's update will be issued on Friday 25 March 2022.


  • Reminder: Defence solicitors and barristers attending court for a Common Platform hearing should use the professional check-in feature, in both the Crown and magistrates' courts. Watch our video guide to find out more. If you experience issues, please let the court usher or clerk know and they can assist. Checking in does not remove the need to communicate with court ushers regarding your case.
  • Reminder: If you have a Common Platform account, you need to login at least once every 90 days to keep it active. If your account is inactive for 90 days, it will be deregistered for security reasons. You will receive an automatic email notifying you before your account is deregistered: login to the system, and your account will remain live.


  • Updated: From Monday 4 April 2022, legal professionals issuing claims for damages that fall under the scope of Practice Direction 51ZB should use the Damages Claim service on MyHMCTS. Legal professionals acting for claimants can find guidance and sign up on GOV.UK.


  • Updated: A new divorce law comes into force from Wednesday 6 April 2022. From Thursday 31 March 2022 paper and digital applications under the current law will no longer be accepted. There is a separate arrangement for urgent applications. Applications will be accepted on the new online divorce service from Wednesday 6 April 2022.
  • Reminder: Applications for care and supervisions orders for childcare have moved online across all local authorities in England and Wales.
  • Reminder: The C100 bulk scanning service at Slough closed on Tuesday 15 March 2022. Please use the online service to make arrangements for children for both urgent and non-urgent applications. If applications are urgent and need to be heard on the same day please continue to call or email your local court.


  • Updated: The E-Filing service for litigants in person and professional users of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) went live on Monday 14 March 2022.

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