Merger of Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service

March 25, 2010

Merger of Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Ministry of Justice plans to bring together Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into a new, single organisation.

Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service between them provide the administration for the courts in England and Wales and most of the non-devolved tribunals in the United Kingdom. The Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, did not set out a timetable for the merger but said that the Ministry of Justice would be working closely with the relevant bodies in the coming months to design arrangements that would work effectively and deliver the desired results. There will be full consultation on the developed proposals with those representing users of the courts and tribunals, the judiciary, trades unions and all of those affected in the Scottish and Northern Irish legal systems and wider public before implementation.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer also announced that 1,000 civil servants in the Ministry of Justice would be moved out of Central London, saving £41m.

Source and acknowledgement: Family Law Week

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