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Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service

HMCTS employs around 17,000 staff and operate from locations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Through the courts and tribunals they give people and businesses access to justice, including:

  • victims and witnesses of crime
  • defendants accused of crimes
  • consumers in debt or with other disputes
  • people involved in the adoption or protection of children
  • businesses involved in commercial disputes
  • individuals asserting their employment rights or challenging the decisions of government bodies
  • people affected by relationship breakdown

HMCTS follows the Ministry of Justice’s strategic vision for reform, to create a more effective, less costly and more responsive justice system for the public.

They are responsible for:

  • providing the supporting administration for a fair, efficient and accessible courts and tribunal system
  • supporting an independent judiciary in the administration of justice
  • driving improvements across all aspects of the administration of the courts and tribunals
  • collaborating effectively with other justice organisations and agencies, including the legal professions, to improve access to justice
  • working with government departments and agencies to improve the quality and timeliness of their decision-making, which will reduce the number of cases coming before courts and tribunals

HMCTS launched it’s £1bn reform programme in 2016. Four years on, and working closely with the wider judiciary, legal professionals and users of the justice system – are making considerable progress towards making that long-term vision a reality.