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HMCTS Common Platform update

New digital case management system

04 August 2020
HMCTS Common Platform update

The new digital case management system is to be tested by a number of magistrates’ courts and crown courts from September 2020, before being rolled out to all criminal courts over 12 months. HMCTS’s Common Platform provides access to relevant case information for all parties involved in criminal cases, including the judiciary, solicitors and barristers, the Crown Prosecution Service and court staff.

Early adopter courts across England and Wales will trial the system beginning in Derby and then rolling out to the others over a period of about three months. These early adopter courts have been identified as:

  • Derby Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court
  • Croydon Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court
  • Guildford Magistrates’ Court, Staines Magistrates’ Court and Guildford Crown Court
  • Northumbria Centralised Unit, which includes North Tyneside, Mid and South-East Northumberland, Newcastle and Berwick Magistrates’ Courts and Newcastle Crown Court
  • Warrington Magistrates’ Court and Chester Crown Court
  • Bristol Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court
  • Llanelli Magistrates’ Court and Swansea Crown Court

Access to different kinds of information will be securely controlled so that court users will only see the information appropriate and necessary for their role. Common Platform will reduce the amount of paper documents produced and the need for manual document handling. It will also remove the need to copy information from one digital platform to another at different stages in a criminal case, reducing delays and making evidence sharing easier. It will eventually replace the existing software applications Libra, XHIBIT, Bench, Court Store and Digital Mark-Up with a single, streamlined system. Find out more information here.

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