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Short Update: UK Nightingale court closes less than a month after it opened

FairTrialsAdmin - September 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

One of the 10 Nightingale courts set up to ease pressure on the justice system as a result of the coronavirus has already been closed. The criminal court backlog has surged past 500,000 cases over the summer. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice confirmed that the Hertfordshire court was open for just two weeks, but that was always the plan.  

Lawyers have warned that hundreds of thousands of people may wait until 2022 for justice. However, according to official figures, more than 37,000 Crown Court cases were outstanding before the pandemic struck the UK. 

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