A second courts IT failure in just a few weeks had still not been completely fixed by Friday morning, lawyers claimed.
A lawyer said the Crown Court Digital Case System (CCDCS) was still not working at Croydon Crown Court earlier today. The judge had to rise in a busy court having tried all suggested fixes, they said. Lawyers also reported problems at Wolverhampton Combined Court and elsewhere.
However, HM Courts & Tribunals Service insisted the CCDCS system is now working. ‘We’ve had confirmation that all courts at Croydon are sitting and no judges have needed to rise today – we are continuing to monitor the system throughout the day,’ it said on Twitter.
The CCDCS is the system on which the papers on cases are now hosted.
Chris Henley QC, chair of the CBA, said: ‘Barristers and judges are growing very tired of cases being disrupted because of inadequate technological infrastructure. Our system continues to crumble.’
A source at the CBA told the Gazette on Thursday that problems were known to be impacting the Central Criminal Court in London, as well as courts in Sheffield, Carlisle, Nottingham, Exeter and Norwich and many other cities.
This is becoming too frequent and too serious to laugh off as typical government IT cock-ups.— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) March 7, 2019
The criminal courts are being stopped from functioning.
We need an inquiry by @CommonsJustice into the MoJ’s IT procurement to establish some accountability. https://t.co/oQWzQUWkAx
I’ve had a number of plea hearings in the crown court inexplicably postponed for 2 weeks. Is this connected to the DCS break down? @HMCTSgovuk— Defender (@Halo_Lawyer) March 8, 2019
We’ve just had to abandon and adjourn a County Lines sentencing case because nobody could access DCS and we’re all dutifully digital. Crazy!— Lucy Tapper Howe (@barristrix) March 7, 2019
Announcement today at Wolves Combined Court:— Tim Sapwell (@TimSapwell) March 7, 2019
“All Court users please log out of DCS immediately”.#whatisgoingon?