Recently-released court backlog figures for October 2021 have shown backlogs continue to persist in the courts.

The figures report 59,343 outstanding cases in the Crown Court and 368,375 outstanding magistrates’ court cases.

Law Society president, I. Stephanie Boyce, commented: “Some trials are being delayed until 2023, meaning a traumatised victim can be left waiting years to see their assailant locked up, while an innocent defendant can find their life in limbo while they wait to clear their name”.

She added: “The backlog has been exacerbated by the pandemic but is the result of years of ...

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