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Planned court reforms need an additional year

Proposed finish date of the programme is 2023

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has announced that it is extending its reform programme. Subject to cross-government approval, the proposed finish date of the programme will be a year later, in 2023. This is intended to allow more time to develop some of the shared systems that sit behind the next set of online services.

The online Divorce Service, introduced as part of the reforms, has processed more than 31,000 applications since it launched in April 2018. HMCTS says that the online form takes half as long to complete as the paper form and has reduced the error rate.

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