As the government further eases lockdown and HMCTS increases the number of cases being heard, there is an increased demand being placed on staff to return to the workplace. PCS is receiving an increasing number of queries from members experiencing increased stress, depression and anxiety at the prospect of having to return to the workplace when the Covid19 emergency is far from over.
The government has announced that it intends to build four new prisons to provide 6,500 new prison places as part of its wider aim of providing an additional 10,000 new prison places. It has stated that it hopes that at least one of these prisons will be run by the public sector.
HMCTS has announced that Oxford County Court has been chosen as the first pilot site for the Scheduling and Listing project digital tool with testing anticipated to start in September / October this year.
PCS ha received a number of concerns from members following the announcement by Robert Buckland, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, that a number of alternative venues for court hearings had been signed off.
Last week as part of HMCTS’ recovery planning process we were invited to meet the employer’s representatives to discuss the Remote Working Project.