Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

What’s in a name? Merging courts and tribunals

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April 1 2011 sees two important changes to the infrastructure of the English Legal System.
The merger of the administrative functions of Her Majesty’s Court Service and the Tribunals Service is completed today. The new organisation will be known as Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). As I argue in the book, the great challenge will be to ensure that the distinctive ethos of the tribunals service – its procedural flexibility, its willingness to be more inquisitorial than courts, its ability to specialise – are not lost.
While this change was anticipated for some months, less publicised is the fact that, also from April 1 2011, the Judicial Studies Board no longer exists. This does not mean that judicial training is being abandoned. Far from it. The decision has been taken to merge the resources available for training judges in the courts with those available for training tribunal judges. These activities will now be taken forward by a new (virtual) Judicial College.


Written by lwtmp

April 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

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