Justice minister apologises for week of disruption as cuts to services are blamed for computer meltdown

The computer network collapse that disrupted courts across England and Wales for days has prompted calls for compensation and improved funding for the beleaguered criminal justice system.

The justice minister Lucy Frazer was forced to answer emergency questions in parliament on Wednesday as trials were adjourned because lawyers could not access the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) network.

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