Analysis: coronavirus has exacerbated the crisis facing courts but political consensus on the way forward remains elusive
The pandemic has intensified the problems in England and Wales’ chronically under-funded justice system. Over the past decade the Ministry of Justice has suffered deeper cuts than any other Whitehall department – losing around 40% of its budget.
Even the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, has spoken out about the “dilapidated” state of the courts. Minor funding compensations followed.
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