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Written Statement

Friday 28 March 2014

Courts and Tribunals Service: Reform

Statement

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Faulks) (Con): In a Written Ministerial Statement made by my right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Chris Grayling) on 26 March 2013, he set out his intentions for officials to begin exploring proposals for the reform of the resourcing and administration of the courts and tribunals service.

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This work has now concluded and today the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice will announce a programme of reform to deliver—through the use of modern technology, an improved estate and modernisation of current working practices—a more effective, efficient and high performing courts and tribunals administration that will improve the services provided the public to a significantly lower cost.

This reform will be led and implemented by the Board of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, an agency accountable to the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals.

A copy of the announcement the Lord Chief Justice, the Senior President of Tribunals and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice will make will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.