A new digital case management system called Common Platform has been launched by HM Courts & Tribunals Service that will allow secure access for anyone involved in the case.
The people the service is intended for include the judiciary, solicitors and barristers, the Crown Prosecution Service and Court Staff.
The service is being launched at Derby Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, and Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court first before being expanded to a number of other Courts across the country.
Plans are in place for the system to be launched across all courts across England and Wales once the system is shown to be successful and any early-adopter creases has been ironed out.
The Courts and Tribunals Service Centre (CTSC) has begun managing administrative work in support of magistrates’ courts. The staff there have been fully trained and are now handling the calls and emails regarding Common Platform cases.
Acting Chief Executive of HM Courts & Tribunal Service, Kevin Sadler, said:
“The Common Platform will provide smarter, more joined up and more streamlined processes and help us deliver more effective and swifter criminal justice for all.
“This is a key milestone in our Reform programme, that will improve efficiency and reduce the generation of physical paperwork aiding the delivery of justice.
“I’m very proud to see the beginning of the rollout of Common Platform to courts, as I know it will deliver benefits for us and our partner agencies along with everyone involved in the criminal justice system.”