£1bn modernisation facing delays and concerns over access to justice, says watchdog

Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation scheme that is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is three years into a £1bn programme of changes but is facing significant delays and failing to take into account the experiences of court users, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

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