David Lammy – 2021 Comments on Crown Court Backlog

The comments made by David Lammy, the Shadow Justice Secretary, on 8 April 2021.

The government is letting victims of crime down by allowing the Crown Court backlog to reach more than 57,000 cases for the very first time.

A decade of Conservative cuts to courts, sitting days and the whole justice system allowed the backlog to grow to a staggering 39,000 cases even before the pandemic began.

The government must now finally listen to Labour and enact the emergency measures we have been pushing for months to ensure victims do not face even worse delays.