Industry News by Jacob Murray
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The backlog in the Crown Court caused by the pandemic will take years to return to the level it was at prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The National Audit office stated that the backlog would remain until 2025 at the earliest and the Ministry of Justice’s latest models indicate that the backlog could be between 17% and 27% higher than pre-pandemic levels by November 2024.

The Crown court backlog increased by 23% in the year leading up to the pandemic, increasing from 33,290 on 31 March 2019 to 41,045 on 31 March 2020. The backlog increased a further 48% since the outbreak of the pandemic, to 60,692 cases on 30 June 2021.