Courts service signs £30m deal for roving digital ‘squads’ to support reform programme

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has picked a London tech consultancy to assist with the transformation of tribunals and non-criminal courts by providing a managed service delivering specialist DevOps teams

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has signed a £30m deal for the provision of roving “squads” of digital specialists to support transformation work across tribunals and non-criminal courts.

Recently published commercial information reveals that, on 28 June, HMCTS entered into a three-year engagement with London-based tech consultancy Solirius. Up to £29.5m is expected to be spent via the contract, which was awarded through the Digital Specialists and Programmes framework.

According to the contract award notice, the deal covers the “provision of continuous improvement squads to support HMCTS in the delivery of the digital services” throughout the network of civil and family courts and tribunals services managed by the organisation across England and Wales.

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The squads will be deployed in response to individual statements of work issued throughout the course of the agreement, and will “be delivered as a managed service”, according to the text of the contract.

The document lists a various areas of software development and digital specialism which are likely to be required by HMCTS, including: DevOps; digital definition; build and transition services; end-to-end development; and data development.

HMCTS is engaged in a major long-term project to deliver reform and digitisation of the courts system. The service recently faced criticism from parliament’s Public Accounts Committee which found that less than 10% of the programme’s £1.3bn budget remains – with work still only half completed.

Sam Trendall

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