HMCTS issue apology over probate delays

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) hit its probate target in just 9 per cent of all cases in 2019, it has been revealed.

The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, show that less than one in 10 grants of probate were issued within the Ministry’s 10 working days target.

According to the report, the average time for a grant of probate to be issued hit eight weeks in December 2019, down from 10 weeks the previous quarter.

The delays had been compounded by an increase in probate applications since new fees were announced, alongside problems linked to a new IT system. The new fees have since been scrapped.

HMCTS added that staff also required additional training to familiarise themselves with the new system, exacerbating delays.

However, the MoJ have since said probate applications made by Solicitors were now being processed within 10 working days as of 27 January 2020.

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