Government makes more than £100 million in profit from the court system
July 20, 2017 35 comments
The amount of money generated by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) exceeded the amount spent on the system by just under £102 million new figures reveal.
According to the newly published HMCTS annual report, the government brought in a huge £788 million in fees across civil courts in the last financial year: £186 million from the family courts and no less than £602 million from the other civil courts. But only around £686 million was spent on running the system.
Tribunals – panel courts which hear regulatory and financial disputes – proved to be the least profitable sector, generating an overall loss of £162 million.
Meanwhile, the number of full-time court staff fell over the year, to 15,749, a drop of close to six per cent.
The also highlights technical advances, including the introduction of online pleas, the steady roll-out of courtroom wifi, and the piloting of online divorce applications.
Susan Acland-Hood is chief executive of HMCTS. She said:
“As more of our products are services are successfully transformed, the difference between what has been previously considered “reform” and what is considered “business as usual” will become less distinct.”
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July 20, 2017
Categories: Family Law