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Short Update: Courts must double capacity to stay afloat, warns criminal bar

FT Admin - June 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Access to a lawyer

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has predicted that the criminal court system will need to operate at over twice its usual capacity across the next three years to manage the COVID-19 backlog. Currently, around 40,000 criminal cases are outstanding, with the CBA predicting a rise to 51,000 by the end of June. The Chair of the CBA has suggested that remote hearings are not an adequate solution and that more buildings need to be allocated for trials.  

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