Online justice news

The new HMCTS divorce online service has moved out of Beta and is now online at It offers prompts and guidance to assist people in completing their application. The whole process can be completed online, including payment and uploading supporting evidence.

The service has already contributed to a 95 per cent drop in the number of applications being returned because of mistakes.

Other HMCTS online services recently launched include:

  • the redeveloped small money claims service at, referred to in our lead article on ODR developments;
  • a new service allowing people to submit their tax appeals online, in Beta at, which has drastically cut the number of applications being returned as incomplete or inaccurate;
  • a paperless system for prosecuting fare dodgers more swiftly and effectively, developed with Transport for London and implemented at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.