MoJ appoints new Courts Service CEO

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has appointed its first chief executive for Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) since it announced the new court structure in January.

HMCS North West regional director Chris Mayer has been appointed to the chief executive post, succeeding Sir Ronald De Witt who held the role for four years.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw welcomed Mayer to her new post. He said: “Chris’s 35 years of experience in the courts mean she brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the courts and judicial systems. I would like to welcome her to the new post and look forward to working with her.”

At the end of January, Straw and the Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips announced that in light of the creation of the MoJ in May 2007 the pair had took the decision to launch a new structure for HMCS.

The key difference from the previous HMCS model is that the leadership and broad direction for the service will be in the hands of a new board of 11 members, including the chief executive, with the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice overseeing the courts.

The new board is expected to be fully in place in the first half of this financial year.