Below is the text of the comments made by David Lammy, the Shadow Justice Secretary, on 30 June 2020.
There can be no more dithering or delay when it comes to co-opting empty public buildings to act as temporary courts during the pandemic, as Labour has been telling the government to do for months.
This is a backlog which has been building up long before Covid-19, due to a decade of court closures and cuts. Now the virus has compounded the problem even further, the government must take urgent action.
Justice delayed too long becomes justice denied.