HM Courts & Tribunals Service
HM Courts and Tribunals Service was created in April 2011 as an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. It uniquely operates on the basis of a partnership between the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals. It currently has around 15,000 staff, operating from around 500 locations with a gross annual budget of c£1.7bn, approximately £800 million of which is recovered in fees and income from service users. It handles over 2 million criminal cases, 1.8 million civil claims, more than 150,000 family law disputes and almost 800,000 tribunal cases annually.
HMCTS is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It supports a fair, efficient and effective justice system delivered by an independent judiciary.
HMCTS is governed by a Framework Document, which formally sets out the duties and responsibilities of the board of HMCTS and its Chief Executive. A copy can be seen on the HMCTS website: http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/corporate-reports/hmcts/2014/hmcts-framework-document-2014.pdf
Our vision is to have an efficient and effective courts and tribunals system which enables the rule of law to be upheld, and provides access to justice for all. Our justice system matters – for every citizen and for the role we play in the world. In just a few short years we will have revolutionised how justice is administered for the people at its heart. The experience will be one where everyone who uses the courts and tribunals feels that they’ve been treated swiftly, fairly and with respect.
To achieve this, we’ll use an investment of around £1bn to transform the setting of justice, to transform our technology and to transform our skills and capabilities.
More information about HMCTS’ change programme can be found on our website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/justice-matters, along with our Annual Reports and Business Plans http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmcts