Closing probate registries
The Ministry of Justice are proceeding with plans to close regional probate registries and centralise the probate service.
The Ministry of Justice are proceeding with plans to close regional probate registries with a move towards centralising the probate service. The eventual plan is to move all probate services to the Court and Tribunals Service Centre in Birmingham, though some administrative work will likely take place at a second site.
Practitioners are concerned about what this means for probate services, which have traditionally been dealt with at regional registries with an element of local familiarity. All of this comes amidst government plans to increase the court fees payable to obtain a Grant of Probate, which has been widely criticised by practitioners.
HM Courts and Tribunals service have issued a statement to advise that the move is part of a £1 billion reform programme which will deliver better services for all court users. No staff have been put on notice of redundancy at this stage.
We await further details of when the changes will come into effect and when the new fee structure will be in place.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our update, please contact Lorraine Wilson (Solicitor).