The Law Society has welcomed news that there will be no cap on judicial sitting days for 2021-2022. President I. Stephanie Boyce said the previous cap contributed to the backlog, which now stands at 57,000 cases. She commented: “We have repeatedly called on the government to maximise the existing court capacity and judicial sitting days and boost capacity through many more Nightingale courts in order to increase the amount of jury trials that can take place safely.” The Society also called for government to increase funds available to criminal legal aid practitioners.

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