Row centres on government’s decision to reduce number of sitting days it pays for recorders

A dispute over delays to crown court trials has broken out after criminal barristers accused the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of making false economies by not reducing case backlogs.

Figures obtained by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) show two of London’s busiest crown courts, Snaresbrook and Isleworth, had almost 2,000 cases outstanding according to the latest figures.

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