England’s criminal justice system was on its knees long before coronavirus | Mike McConville and Luke Marsh

The effects of court closures and cuts to support services and legal aid since 2010 are coming home to roost

If there is truth in the aphorism that “justice delayed is justice denied”, the current backlog of criminal cases in England and Wales should leave us wondering about the capacity of the courts to deliver justice at all.

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