Dominic Raab – 2022 Comments on Magistrates Being Given Greater Sentencing Powers

The comments made by Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister, on 2 May 2022.

We are doing everything in our power to bring down the court backlog, and doubling the sentencing powers of magistrates will create more capacity in the Crown Court to hear the most serious cases.

Together with an extra 30 Nightingale courtrooms currently open, digital hearings and allowing the Crown Court to hear as many cases as possible for another financial year, we will deliver swifter and more effective justice for victims.