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Update on probate delays: Government call for evidence

Author: Professional Standards Department

Published: 31 Jan 2024

The UK Government’s Justice Select Committee wanted to hear from professional and individual users about their experiences of applying for probate and using the Probate Registry. Find out our response after including feedback from affected users on their experiences.

In December, we shared that the Committee was responding to concerns about significant delays at HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

HMCTS was interested in understanding whether the probate service had sufficient resource and capacity, whether applications were being processed in a timely way and whether the probate portal provided value for money and supported access to justice. The committee was also interested in your view of fee thresholds which are currently subject to a separate government consultation  relating to a proposed increase.

The committees’ questions sought to address your experiences as professional users of the service and also those of individual users including how effectively beneficiaries, executors and the bereaved are supported.

ICAEW update to the Government’s call for evidence

ICAEW thanks all respondents for their feedback on probate service levels. We have combined your comments and submitted our response.

Our response reflects the views of ICAEW accredited probate practitioners (probate practitioners) and other individuals with experience using the service delivered by HMCTS. Our submission addresses certain questions the Committee has sought evidence on within each section.

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A copy of ICAEW’s response to the call for evidence is now available.

Read our response