The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has lost its way – at least, that’s the underlying message from a damning report from MPs highlighting key deficiencies in how the justice backlog is being approached.

In a report published today, MPs on the public accounts committee said they have “little confidence” in MoJ plans to reduce the case backlog, particularly in the criminal justice system.

In the week ending 21 February 2021, there were 56,875 outstanding cases in the crown courts and 476,932 in the magistrates’ courts.

But neither the MoJ, under Robert Buckland’s watch since 2019, nor HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) could tell the committee what would be considered an ‘acceptab...

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