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David Lammy – 2021 Comments on Crown Court Backlogs

The comments made by David Lammy, the Shadow Justice Secretary, on 30 September 2021.

11 years of Conservative cuts and the closure of 295 courts since 2010 has led to a record-breaking Crown Court backlog.

These delays are failing victims of rape, domestic abuse, violent assault, trafficking and every kind of serious crime.

In government Labour would put victims first, by rolling out further Nightingale courts, guaranteeing 33,000 extra sitting days and by ensuring the justice system is never left so vulnerable again.