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Topic: Courts

Courts backlog: Justice delayed is justice denied

In her 2020/21 Annual Report, Dame Vera Baird reflects on the Crown Court backlog of cases and its impact on victims.

Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses overlooked for legal protections while giving evidence

Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses still put at risk of coming face-to-face with perpetrators and not receiving the support they need to prevent courtroom intimidation.

Victims’ Commissioner responds to ‘Covid Operating Hours’ consultation

Dame Vera Baird called for assurances from HMCTS that pressures on the court system, including the growing case backlog, would not "outweigh the potential adverse impacts on victims and witnesses".

New courtroom protections for vulnerable victims available nationwide

The Victims' Commissioner welcomes the national rollout of pre-recorded cross-examination (Section 28).