The fight to tackle the unprecedented backlog in our criminal justice system after Covid.
In 2021-22, the lift on the cap of sitting days saw 17,000 more days sat in the Crown court despite several Covid 19 and social distancing measures still being in place. The Ministry of Justice hopes the the continuation of the lift in 2022-23 will see an even greater increase in sitting days.
However, the spending watchdog raised the question as to whether the securing of enough judges could be a stumbling block in the plans to reduce the backlog.
Justice secretary Dominic Raab said, ‘getting the courts backlog down is a key priority for this government so that we can ensure victims get the swift access to justice they deserve. Alongside the extension of Nightingale courts, digital hearings and investing significantly in criminal legal aid, we are removing the limit on sitting days for a second year to boost capacity and help drive down the Crown court backlog of cases.’
Commenting on the announcement, a Law Society spokesperson added ‘the crisis in our criminal justice system has seen the backlogs in the courts spiral to unprecedented levels, leaving victims, witnesses and defendants waiting years for justice.’ All hands on deck!
For more information on the announcement read this article in the Law Gazette
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