The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a growing backlog of cases waiting to be tried in the criminal courts system. During the first national lockdown, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) closed some court buildings, and suspended all jury trials. Since then, courts have reopened, but national guidelines for social distancing mean they are unable to … Read more
Ministry of Justice
A summary of the Ministry of Justice spending in 2019-20, its major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges it is likely to face in the coming year, based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.
5 Jan 2021
The NAO is publishing a suite of Departmental Overviews, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons Select Committees and Members of Parliament.
11 Mar 2020
This report examines the condition and capacity of HM Prison and Probation Service’s prison estate.
7 Feb 2020
This report describes progress following the second phase of HMCTS’s reform programme, which ended in January 2019.
13 Sep 2019
This report builds on our previous work and takes stock of the Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms
1 Mar 2019
This Overview summarises the Department’s responsibilities on how it spends its money and its key developments of work.
25 Oct 2018
The Comptroller and Auditor General has qualified his regularity opinion on the Supreme Court’s financial statements because of a £665,000 unauthorised breach of one of its Parliamentary spending limits.
28 Jun 2018
Given the prevalence of government-funded inquiries, the frequency with which the government uses them following high-profile failures, their importance in relation to the public’s trust of authorities, and the public funds spent on them, the NAO has conducted an investigation into the 26 inquiries that have started and concluded since 2005.
23 May 2018
In this report we outline what HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMCTS) change portfolio to modernise and upgrade the justice system will deliver, consider early progress against plans and explore how HMCTS and its partners have managed the change portfolio and the risks it faces in the future.
9 May 2018