The chancellor blamed covid-19 for the courts backlog
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced significant funding for courts, prisons and probation services over the next three years, including funding to clear the courts backlog, in the government’s Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021.
The Budget acknowledged public safety “relies upon a strong and effective criminal justice system” and that there had been “a growing backlog” of cases, which it blamed on covid-19.
£477m has been allocated over the next three years to fund “the criminal justice system’s recovery from covid-19”, to include tackling court backlogs and increasing the number of cases dealt with by the courts. The government aims to reduce the Crown Court bac...