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Short Update: UK Criminal cases backlog could take a decade to clear, watchdog warns

FT Admin - June 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

The backlog of untried cases in the criminal justice system – which has ballooned during lockdown – could take a decade to clear, an official watchdog has warned.

The inspectorate that monitors the Crown Prosecution Service cautions that delays are likely to be “highly detrimental to justice”, will require “radical solutions” and that the problem could prove to be “more complex than dealing with the immediate crisis”.

The report is published as the justice secretary, Robert Buckland, is preparing emergency legislation for some trials to be conducted temporarily without juries to get around problems of social distancing in courtrooms. 

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