The amount of money generated by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) exceeded the amount spent on the system by just under £102 million new figures reveal.
According to the newly published HMCTS annual report, the government brought in a huge £788 million in fees across civil courts in the last financial year: £186 million from the family courts and no less than £602 million from the other civil courts. But only around £686 million was spent on running the system.
Tribunals – panel courts which hear regulatory and financial disputes – proved to be the least profitable sector, generating an overall loss of £162 million.
Meanwhile, the number of full-time court staff fell over the year, to 15,749, a drop of close to six per cent.
The also highlights technical advances, including the introduction of online pleas, the steady roll-out of courtroom wifi, and the piloting of online divorce applications.
Susan Acland-Hood is chief executive of HMCTS. She said:
“As more of our products are services are successfully transformed, the difference between what has been previously considered “reform” and what is considered “business as usual” will become less distinct.”