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Short Update: Trial backlog 'adding to risk of mob justice' in England and Wales

FairTrialsAdmin - June 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

The backlog in Crown Court cases in England and Wales was 37,434 at the end of last year and the Law Society, which represents solicitors, estimates the number has risen considerably during the coronavirus crisis. With most proceedings halted, the lack of legal aid payments to solicitors' firms - and barristers - meant many risked going out of business. A shortage of experienced practitioners would further delay trials. 
 

The co-chairman of the Law Society, Richard Atkinson, warned that "If people get the idea, the general view, that they will not get satisfaction [from the legal process] then people will take things into their own hands. Mob justice will be taken up if people feel they can't get legitimate completion. It will be exploited by people who enjoy doing it.” 

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