On Friday, I announced two new Courts and Tribunals Service Centres to be opened in The Midlands, as part of the £1 billion modernisation reforms to our courts and justice system.
The centres, based in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, will transform the way we manage court and tribunal cases by transforming from traditional paper-based systems to modern digital systems. As well as making courts and tribunals easier to access for working people, the two centres will generate over 600 jobs over the two areas. The new operating model will improve efficiency, reduce delays and increase the amount of cases processed.
The move is an important step towards making the justice system more sensitive for witnesses, as well as delivering better value for money for taxpayers.