Enormous court backlogs mean victims of crime are facing years of unacceptable delay in their quest for justice
In her 2021/22 Annual Report, Dame Vera Baird reflects on the challenges facing victims and the justice system.
“Enormous” court backlogs represent “a serious and fundamental challenge to our justice system” – Victims’ Commissioner
Dame Vera Baird publishes her annual report reflecting on her first term as Victims’ Commissioner and the challenges facing victims and the justice system.
The Victims' Commissioner reacts to the latest criminal court statistics, which show "enormous" court backlogs are leaving victims waiting on average 436 days for their case to come to court.
In her 2020/21 Annual Report, Dame Vera Baird reflects on the Crown Court backlog of cases and its impact on victims.
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".