HM Courts and Tribunals Service: ICT

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courts were affected by the reported recent failure of digital infrastructure at HM Courts and Tribunals Service in (a) London, (b) the Midlands (c) North West England, (d) North East England and (e) Wales.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Holding answer received on 28 January 2019

The recent disruption to IT systems intermittently affected all 362 HMCTS Court and Tribunal sites across England and Wales. Connectivity has been restored across the Ministry of Justice estate.

I want to apologise to those who were affected by the intermittent disruption last week. Services continued to operate, and court hearings continued, but I know how frustrating this was for anyone affected.

I am very grateful to HM Courts and Tribunals staff who put in place contingency plans to make sure trials went ahead as planned and for staff who have worked tirelessly and around the clock to resolve these issues alongside our suppliers.

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