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Closure of regional divorce centres announced

The government is closing some of its regional divorce centres as a result of the shift to processing work online. HM Courts & Tribunals Service has closed centres in Stoke, Wrexham and Port Talbot, and will begin closing venues in Bradford and Nottingham.

HMCTS has said:

"[The shift to digital issue and processing of petitions] has allowed us to start reducing our number of regional divorce units where the paper petitions have been issued and processed since 2015. Earlier this year we closed our venues in Stoke, Wrexham and Port Talbot. We have informed staff that we now intend to begin the process of closing our venues in Bradford and Nottingham with a view to having them closed over the next few weeks, starting with new applications."

For an article in The Law Society Gazette, click here. For the recently published document from the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS setting out progress HMCTS has made on transforming courts and tribunals, click here.