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PCS MoJ Group Pay Briefing

13 Aug 2019

Earlier today MoJ placed information relating to this year’s pay award for Bands A to F on MoJ terms and conditions on the intranet.

Each year the Treasury publishes The Civil Service Pay Guidance, which sets out the limits within which departments can make pay awards. This year the guidance allowed for awards of up to 2%. 1% of this comes from the 2015 Spending Review Settlement, and 1% from savings departments can make from other areas of spend.

PCS Briefing Box Work Pilot

02 Jul 2019

Towards the end of last year HMCTS launched a national duty box work project. The project aims to redesign, standardise and digitalise Magistrates’ Court criminal duty box work.

PCS is broadly supportive of the project as it seeks to recognise the vital and largely unacknowledged contribution made by Legal Advisers in exercising their delegated powers outside of the court room, and to value their professional ability as lawyers to make reasoned judicial decisions that are more than capable of standing up to the scrutiny of the High Court. 

HMCTS - Safe working in the criminal digital courtrooms

03 May 2019

Since HMCTS first raised the concept of computer use in the court room, long before Libra, DMU, Crest and Exhibit were introduced, PCS has raised and continues to raise concerns regarding HMCTS meeting its obligations in relation to ensuring our members can work safely in courtrooms.

The area in court rooms where legal advisers, court associates and court clerks sit was designed to be a bench rather than a work station. It was also designed well before the introduction of video/virtual hearings.  The court room environment brings significant risks that do not exist in the office environment, all of which must be considered and addressed in the risk assessment process.

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