Our courts and tribunals system rightly receives international acclaim, because of the standard of justice delivered by a high calibre judiciary supported by dedicated and hard-working staff. For some considerable period of time we have repeatedly stated that investment is essential if we are to modernise and make the changes necessary to maintain that world leading position.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the results of the Spending Review; in that announcement was included the decision to invest over £700m in the courts and tribunals. We are satisfied that the amount is sufficient to enable us to install modern IT, reorganise and improve court and tribunal buildings and to make the necessary changes to processes and procedures. We anticipated that this investment would be made on terms that the overall costs could be reduced and we are satisfied that they can be. This has involved some difficult decisions for all of us, but the alternative was a precipitous decline. This investment will provide an improved, modern system of justice which will maintain its world class status.
We would like to thank the judiciary, and staff of HMCTS for their continued commitment to the delivery of justice; we look forward to working with them as the reform programme is taken forward.
|The Rt Hon The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
|The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder
Senior President of Tribunals