Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of applications for probate were processed within his Department's target for processing those applications.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There are no prescribed target times for dealing with probate applications. The average time for a grant of probate to be issued following receipt of an application for January to March 2020 is set out below

Application submission to grant issue6

Document receipt to grant issue4,6



Grants issued

Mean weeks

Median weeks

Mean weeks

Median weeks








Source: HMCTS Core Case Data


1) HMCTS Core Case Data came into effect at the end of March 2019, following a transition between data systems recording information regarding The Probate Service

2) The average timeliness figures are produced by calculating the time from application/document receipt (which may be from an earlier period) to the grant issued made in that period.

3) Averages presented here may be based on a small number of grants. Where this occurs, any conclusion drawn from these will be limited.

4) Document receipt occurs after payment has been made and all accompanying paperwork has been received by HMCTS

5) Due to quality issues in the transition between data systems, the breakdown by type of grant has not been published for Q2 2019 (denoted by :).

6) For digital applications the receipt is instant but no work can start until the Will is sent to us. Therefore, for digital cases the measure of waiting times is from document receipt rather than the application submission.

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