HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) & Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

MoJ Common Platform Programme ('CPP') Back End Developers

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
4 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
6 SME, 4 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 27 July 2017
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 3 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 10 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work A back-end development service for Criminal Justice System Common Platform Programme in accordance with the GDS Agile methodology. Development will use the following technologies: Karma Java8 JMSandJEE7 Postgresql Git JSON RAML Testing Frameworks-Jasmine, Protractor Test runner
Latest start date Monday 4 September 2017
Expected contract length 24 months
Location London
Organisation the work is for HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) & Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
Budget range The anticipated Development service will consist of up to 4 teams , each team consisting of 4-5 developers. The target day rate MOJ are prepared to pay is £650. The total Supplier charge will be evaluated as per evaluation criteria %.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done CJSCPP is a change programme to enable the CJS and agencies be more efficient and deliver a better service. For the first time, criminal case information will be kept together in one place. The CJSCPP is part of a wider portfolio of change being delivered by HMCTS under the HMCTS Reform Programme, affecting services in all jurisdictions.
Problem to be solved Current CJS services are typically supported by paper and hard media based processes which are expensive, subject to frequent delay and often baffling to citizens without legal training. The CJSCPP is designed to develop efficient, proportionate and accessible digital services delivering access to justice via appropriate modern channels.
Who the users are and what they need to do 1) As a citizen, view and track my case and plea online, be alerted to changes and for the case to proceed efficiently. 2) As a prosecutor, understand case evidence to ascertain likelihood of a successful prosecution. 3) As a defence practitioner, understand the evidence of a case to best advise my client. 4) As a HMCTS admin, manage the delivery of justice services so the process is delivered efficiently. 5) As a member of judiciary, access all relevant information so that I can make a judgement 6) As a prosecuting agency, submit evidence to provide HMCTS with relevant information.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done The CJSCP Programme has produced the technical foundations for a domain driven micro-service based back end architecture with service model architecture on the front end. These include frameworks and design patterns that new team members will be expected to work with. Information on this work can be found here and here The business has identified approximately 35 service/service fragments to be produced and the change planning has taken place with approximately 7 of the services in various stages of completion.
Existing team The current projects all have teams in place. Each existing team comprises; a Delivery Manager, a Technical Lead, a Business Analyst, a User Researcher, a UX/HTML Designer, one or more front end, back end or full stack developers and a QA specialist. It is expected that the successful provider will primarily augment one of these teams and maybe asked to add development capabilities for new teams yet to be formed, either to extend the capacity on existing projects, or provide the development capability for the other projects due to start during 2017.
Current phase Not applicable

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Primarily Southern House, Wellesley Grove Croydon CR9 1WW and Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 9HS (the "Base locations”, although some visits to other locations and UK Travel may be required.)
Working arrangements The Service is being delivered against the GDS Service Manual using SAFe. SoW/Work-Orders will be issued to define the development outcomes of each project phase and typically span 3-6 months. The suppliers team will initially be required to work onsite at the base location working a (5) day week. For works performed at a non Base location and outside London (outside of the M25), all reasonable travel and expenses costs shall be met in accordance with the rates set out in the MoJ travel and subsistence policy. All expenses will require prior approval from HMCTS.
Security clearance Baseline Personnel Security Check (BPSS) which must be dated within three months of the start date. See for further guidance. Some roles may require SC security clearance.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Any expenses shall be submitted in line with the Ministry of Justice Standard Travel and Subsistence policy. Suppliers shall provide transparency to the Buyer on the rates paid to resources and any third parties in the supply chain.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Have demonstrable experience of working in blended, multi-discipline, multi-vendor team environments focused on meeting user needs using agile methodologies and delivering digital improvement outcomes=4%
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully delivering high and long transactional digital services working in complex and highly regulatory environments=3%
  • Have demonstrable experience in eventually consistent, asynchronous and synchronous systems, and distributed message-driven architectures=3%
  • Have demonstrable experience in implementing business logic using domain driven design (DDD)=3%
  • Have demonstrable experience of using CQRS and Event Sourcing patterns=3%
  • Have demonstrable experience in building micro-services with RESTful APIs using JAX-RS and messaging using JMS=4%
  • Have demonstrable experience in back-end development using Java 8 and JEE7=4%
  • Have demonstrable experience in unit and integration testing utilising JUnit, Mockito and Wiremock=3%
  • Can show demonstrable experience of developing and working against cloud hosted environments=4%
  • Capable of deploying 12 or more resources with all above for skills and experience=3%.
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 5
Proposal criteria
  • Explain your overall Development Approach and Delivery Methodology=3%
  • Describe how will you ensure that HMCTS is supplied with high quality and appropriately skilled developers, whilst minimising HMCTS's effort in screening the proposed team members=3%.
  • Explain how you plan to retain key resources for the duration of the contract and how you can commit to meet HMCTS's continuous need for developers=2%
  • Provide named individuals and CV’s to meet the initial requirements demonstrating experience of working in agile multi-vendor teams =10%
  • Provide three referenceable client-focussed case studies where your company have provided the desired service capability; please identify the proposed team member(s) that were part of the delivery team 4%)
  • Describe your approach to adding, replacing and rotating new team members, within a 2 week notice period, to the existing team without reducing the team’s velocity =2%
  • Describe how you intend to measure and manage quality and speed of delivery teams and individuals to ensure continuous improvement=2%
  • Propose your approach for enabling digital teams, delivering capability and ensuring that knowledge transfer is conducted during handover of project outputs to the HMCTS BAU maintenance team=1%
  • Give examples of KPIs and SLAs that you would be prepared to commit to for this contract, including ability to provide high calibre substitutes/replacements within 2 weeks (2%)
  • How the proposal will optimise costs, and generate savings. Demonstrate how discounts will be linked to volume and duration=2%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Explain the approach for working with multi-vendor teams across multiple projects at different locations=2%
  • Explain how you will ensure collaboration at all levels of the project and programme delivery between users, team members, and management. Give examples for each team member=3%
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. MoJ have stated a target day rate of £650. Our Senior developers, who we believe meet the criteria for MoJ, are above £650. Please can you confirm if our response will still be considered if we are proposing higher day rates? We accept we will score lower on the price weighting as a result. The rate stated is a target and not a hard ceiling and your response would still be considered.
2. Is there an incumbent supplier for this opportunity or a supplier of the majority of the current resources engaged on the programme? This is a new requirement for additional programme resource therefore there is no incumbent. In terms of programme resource, we do not operate a major/minor policy in our resource sourcing.
3. Are the status of the roles on this opportunity considered to be inside or outside IR-35? Our working assumption is that these roles will be outside of IR35. Further advice will follow as it becomes available. We note that the view outlined above does not represent a definitive position at this point.
4. Are all Developers expected to be located on-site for the duration of the contract? If not, are developers located off-shore considered acceptable? We would expect developers to be on-site in London.
5. Could you tell us if all of the technology needs need to be present in all of the CVs or are you looking for expertise in each technology spread across the team? We would generally expect all developers to have expertise in each technology.