The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has today, denied any plans for the ‘wholesale privatisation’ of the courts service. This follows from rumours rife that such a drastic plan would be required given the increasing pressures from the Treasury to reduce spending.
The MOJ moved to quash speculation today after reports that hedge funds and private investors were being encouraged to invest in courts with the incentive of an attractive rate of return. Something which Justice Secretary Chris Grayling may have contributed to given his confirmation in March that his department was looking at ways to ‘raise the revenue and investment’ necessary to modernise the courts system.
An MOJ spokesperson stated the following in the public statement that was issued:
‘We have always said we are determined to deliver a courts system that is more effective and efficient and provides improved services for victims and witnesses.’
Watch this space.