A £413m government investment into the family courts and tribunals, boost court capacity and support victims of crime, has been announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The extra cash, bringing the total now pledged to the justice system to more than £500m, has been welcomed by the Law Society but it said more needs to be done. 

At his annual press conference on 2 December, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett made clear that the courts are “a vital public service and more because they underpin the rule of law”.

He welcomed the increased in funding and talked of the need for speed, fairness and efficiency in the disposal of cases.

To increase the court’s capacity, he said: “I will d...

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