More ‘radical steps’, including 1,600 new court staff, have been unveiled by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMTCS) in a drive to tackle the crisis in the justice system.

HMCTS also confirmed that the £153m investment announced in the summer will fund tech improvements and modernisation of the court buildings.

In a report just published setting out an overview of its covid-19 response and upcoming plans, HMCTS set out its commitment to maximising the judiciary’s capacity to sit as many sitting days as possible; and increasing the use of audio and video technology for more and new types of hearings.

It is currently focusing on plans to test the use of cloud video platform in the civil courts so t...

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