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Flexible court hours pilot is postponed

Now due to start in February 2018

The controversial flexible court hours pilot has been postponed until February 2018. Susan Acland-Hood, HMCTS Chief Executive, confirmed in a blog post on 21 September that it had been agreed to delay the start of the individual pilots until satisfied that there is a robust, independent evaluation system in place; and until the HMCTS has taken more time to engage and discuss the pilots, picking up on comments made on how they could be improved.

It had been planned to start the pilots across the Crown, magistrates, civil and family jurisdictions over the next six weeks. In Manchester and Brentford, in the civil and family court, it had been intended to add either an early or a late slot, the early session running from 8am to 10.45am and the later one from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Ms Acland-Hood said that there would be a re-tender for an independent organisation to lead the evaluation work of the pilots. In addition, more information would be made available and more time would be spent consulting with legal professionals in each jurisdiction, including those outside the pilot areas.

For her blog post, click here.