The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report on the court and tribunals reforms, in which it labels the time table 'over-optimistic' and says that HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) again has fallen behind schedule on the reforms. The PAC also states that the HMCTS has failed to consider the impact changes made in the court and tribunals have had on vulnerable users, and warns that plans to increase police numbers could spike demand, putting greater strain on services that already are stretched.

John Gould comments on the report, suggesting it might be time "to go back to the drawing board to re-plan the rest of the strategy".

"The timely introduction of technology was always a key part of a strategy which involved large scale court closures. In the context of greatly reduced legal aid budgets, the effects of delay are likely to go far beyond a postponement of improvements and are a further blow to a struggling system."

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John is Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke. John's area of particular expertise is regulation and public law. He specialises in the analysis and solution of complex regulatory problems, advising regulators, government departments, law enforcement agencies, charities and statutory and professional bodies.