According to government figures for July to September 2020, the volume of outstanding Crown court cases increased by 19% on the previous quarter, and 44% compared with last year. Throughput also deteriorated, with cases in the Crown court taking 20% longer to complete than in 2019.
There are ‘signs of recovery’, however, particularly in the magistrates’ court where disposals have risen sharply in the latest quarter, the figures suggest. They are still below pre-Covid levels, however. The number of disposals in the Crown court is also up 65% compared with the second quarter.
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