Reform of the possession claims process announced

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HM Courts & Tribunal Service has announced that the shorthold tenancy possession claim process is to be simplified and made digital.

Earlier this year HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) embarked upon an ambitious programme of court reform, aiming to bring new technology and modern ways of working to the UK’s justice system.

One area targeted for reform is the shorthold tenancy possession claim process. Early opportunities have been identified by HMCTS to simplify the process for possession cases, improve engagement between the parties and HMCTS and to digitise the end-to-end service for all claims. As a first step, administrative processes will be improved, automated and streamlined to make them more efficient and reliable. Considerations are being given to ways of standardising the administration of possession claims.

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The project will formally start in October 2018 and HMCTS states that it “welcomes input, suggestions and involvement from interested parties in helping to design a better possession process”.