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Week notes

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In the past week we’ve launched two tools with the courts and tribunals service.

The first was a new and improved version of the court and tribunal finder, containing contact details and info about courts and tribunals.

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Screen shot of the new court finder

A new tribunal decisions database went live at the same time. This lets you quickly search for all the important test cases in immigration and asylum appeals.

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Screen shot of tribunal decisions database

Both are major improvements on what went before, and are much easier to search and use. Watch this space for separate blogs on the new services.

We’re now moving on to improve similar tools, including decisions databases for the other tribunals and new versions of court and tribunal form finder and prison finder.

All of these tools will follow open data standards so others can reuse the data (see Max’s blog post for more on this).

We’ve also made lots of headway with our larger ‘exemplar’ (model) transactions:

Matthew, Kellie, Chris and Tom have produced early working prototypes for a new property repossession tool (to replace Possession Claim Online). This is part of a wider project to digitalise civil claims.

Jan has been looking at how we can use APIs for prison visits booking, and Lisa is discussing what’s next for online employment tribunal claims, following the launch of the beta (test) service last month.

Mat has been working on making lasting power of attorney forms more accessible – and will blog about this over the next few weeks.

As ever, we’d love to know what you think about these services, especially if you’re a regular user of our sites.

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  1. Comment by Luke posted on

    I tried using the feedback form on the beta but it just hung...

    My feedback:

    Enter your location - you could change the Google Maps URL from .com to so Google auto recognises partial UK postcodes/UK streets otherwise a lookup for "kt6" will drop a pin in Russia.

    Also, you could change the daddr var value from the lat,long to court PostCode for a little more clarity for the user. At the moment the route planner (A and B fields) have what appears to be unrecognisable numbers in it.

    • Replies to Luke>

      Comment by Graham Lee posted on

      Thanks Luke - both excellent points, which we'll use to improve the map location results in the court finder and the route planner.




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