Probate

Ministry of Justice written question – answered am ar 7 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken is from submission of application to granting of probate in the last 12 months.

Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for the granting of probate.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HMCTS is focused on increasing outputs to reduce overall timeliness on all types of applications, and the average mean length of time taken for a grant of probate, from submission, is 12.6 weeks in the last 12 months (October 2022 to September 2023) and following receipt of the documents required, is 10.8 weeks. The probate service received record levels of applications during 2022 and this has continued to grow, with higher levels of receipts during January to September 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.

HMCTS has increased staffing levels, streamlined internal processes and continued to invest in further improving the digital service.

As a result, the number of grants issued for recent months has been at record levels, with around 16,000 more grants issued than applications received during the last four months (September to December 2023), using more recent management information published by HMCTS (which does not go through the same level of quality assurance and analysis as the Family Court Statistics Quarterly).

Average waiting times for probate grants are routinely published on GOV.UK via Family Court Statistics Quarterly, and currently cover the period up to September 2023: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-statistics-quarterly.

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