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Listed here are all our news items published since HMCS was created on 1 April 2005, together with our press releases.


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30 November 2009
Christmas and New Year closures for HMCS courts and offices 2009

Dates on which the Crown Courts, county courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will be closed.


02 October 2009
Temporary closure of Hatfield Magistrates' Court

Hatfield Magistrates' Court will be temporarily closed between the 5th October and 15th November 2009 while remedial repair work is being carried out to the shared police/HMCS custody suite.  While the court is closed, HMCS is also taking the opportunity to improve certain facilities within the court, particularly the creation of additional secure interview rooms.

Until 15 November, overnight custody cases will be dealt with as follows:

Court sittings will resume at Hatfield on Monday 16th November.

01 October 2009
New Lasting Power of Attorney forms

New, revised, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) forms have been launched today (1st October) by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). After a consultation process involving customers, stakeholders & staff the forms were redesigned to be simpler and easier to complete.

What is it?
An LPA is a legal document that allows you to plan ahead for the future and choose someone now that you trust to make decisions on your behalf at a time in the future when you may lack the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself.

There are two types of LPA you can make:
• A Property and Affairs LPA – allows you to appoint an Attorney to make decisions about the management of your finance and property, for example paying bills or selling your property on your behalf.
• A Personal Welfare LPA – gives you the opportunity to appoint an Attorney to make decisions about your personal welfare, including healthcare and medical treatment.

Where do I go for more information?
For more information you can:
• Visit the OPG website
• Call the OPG on 0845 330 2900 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).
• E-mail


18 September 2009
HMCS celebrates success

The HMCS National Award ceremony took place on 17 September where staff were recognised for their hard work, personal commitment and resourcefulness.

Details of the winners are available within the national and regional press releases.


03 September 2009
Humber and South Yorkshire Courts Board Annual Public Meeting 11 September 2009, 12 noon - 2.00 p.m.

Humber and South Yorkshire Courts Board invite you to their annual public meeting at the Town Hall, Barnsley. As part of the meeting the Chairman, Kenneth Wyatt, will be delivering a presentation, followed by an update on the work of the dedicated drugs court by Mr. Terry Kendall, Chairman of the drugs panel and Sue Delamore and Sally Woffenden from the Probation Service. 

You are invited to come along and look at stands and displays being provided by various agencies who work with drug related offenders. There will be an opportunity to put questions to representatives from the South Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board (SYLCJB) who will be exhibiting as part of the main event.

Doors will open at 12 noon and the event is expected to finish by 2pm.

For more information contact Julia Naylor on 0114 201 1148 or by email:

27 August 2009
Greenwich Magistrates' Court Centenary Court Open Day Saturday 19 September 2009, 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m

What does it feel like to be part of a court case now or judge whether someone was guilty 100 years ago? Come to the historic Greenwich Magistrates’ Court and find out about its past then possibly become part of its future.

Entry is free of charge, with no advanced booking required. Greenwich Magistrates’ Court is at 9 Blackheath Road SE10 8PE. The nearest tube is DLR station Deptford Bridge and nearest train station is Greenwich. Bus routes 53 and 177 stop nearby.

Visitors can look forward to a lively programme of activities that includes:

• behind the scenes tours, including the court rooms and prison cells 
• watching and taking part in Edwardian and modern day mock hearings – decide on innocence or guilt and sentences to fit the crime
• meeting the mounted police, police dogs, and exploring a police van, then climbing on board a prison vehicle and a 1910 fire engine.
• demonstrations of fingerprinting and electronic tagging
• speaking to magistrates who make vital decisions on behalf of the local community.

There will be a free raffle and historical displays along with a gallery of display stands from local organisations and the court’s justice partners including the Crown Prosecution Service, Serco, London Fire Service, Police, Probation Service, Witness Service and Victim Support, and domestic violence charities.

With all the criminal justice agencies and many other services represented under one roof, the open day promises to be of interest to people of all ages.

27 August 2009
Cumbria and Lancashire Courts Board Public Meeting 3 September 2009

The Cumbria and Lancashie Courts Board will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 3 September 2009 at Carlisle Combined Court, Earl Street, Carlisle at 2.00pm.

Courts Boards are not involved in any judicial decisions, their role is instead to offer an opportunity for local people to contribute to decisions such as:

• Where courts are located;
• How customer service can be improved;
• How the best use can be made of resources to deliver a high level of service across the range of courts: civil, family and criminal.

Please note that the Board will not comment on individual cases or on sentencing matters.

For more information about the meeting contact Lorraine Edgar on  01772 272820 or email


10 August 2009
London Family Court Open Day Saturday 10 October 2009 10am - 4pm

19 August 2009
HMCS Wales complaints survey

Have you made a complaint to any HMCS Wales Court or office within the last six months?

We are keen to improve our procedures and the service we provide to our court users, including how we handled your complaint. We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete a brief questionnaire, it should take no longer than five minutes

Please note that this questionnaire is seeking your views on the way your complaint was handled, not about the outcome of your case.


20 July 2009
HMCS Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09


18 June 2009
Court fee changes mean taxpayers only shoulder costs for the poorest


27 May 2009
Redbridge Magistrates' Court Open Day, Saturday 6th June 2009,

Bank Holiday court closures

Crown and county courts will be closed on Tuesday 26 May 2009. The Royal Courts of Justice will be open for business. Magistrates' court sittings will vary, please check with the court before travelling.

Court information and addresses.


01 April 2009
Electronic working pilot scheme Practice Direction

02 April 2009
Expert Witnesses

Regional venues for the Administrative Court

From 21 April 2009 it will be possible to issue most Administrative Court proceedings at the District Registry of the High Court at Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds or Manchester as well as at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The four centres will be located at:

The Honourable Mr Justice Beatson will have responsibility for the Administrative Court on the Wales and Midland circuits. The Honourable Mr Justice Langstaff will be responsible on the Northern and North-Eastern circuits. They will hear Administrative Court matters while on circuit and liaise with Presiding Judges, other nominated Administrative Court judges and Senior Circuit Judges sitting as deputy High Court Judges to ensure that the Administrative Court workload out of London is appropriately managed.

The work of the Administrative Court is varied, consisting of the administrative law jurisdiction of England and Wales as well as a supervisory jurisdiction over lower courts and tribunals. The Court is responsible for all Judicial Review applications as well as dealing with a wide range of statutory appeals and applications. The regionalisation of the Administrative Court stems from the January 2007 report, Justice Outside London.

The Administrative Court


24 March 2009
Sheffield Magistrates to mark 100 years of Youth Justice - Youth Court Open Day Saturday 28 March 2009 10.30am - 4.00pm

26 March 2009
Domestic violence: eighteen new special courts announced


13 February 2009
Guildford Crown Court Open Day Saturday 28 February 2009 10.00am - 4.00pm


19 January 2009
MoJ Corporate Plan 2009-2011 published today

27 January 2009
Proposed merger of Warley and West Bromwich Local Justice Areas

29 January 2009
Hate Crime on Trial - North West Regional Events

A series of community events aimed at providing an insight into how the Police, Courts, Probation and other support services work in partnership to deal with Hate Crime.

30 January 2009
New drug court launches in Barnsley






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