Inspectorate says ‘radical solutions’ needed to deal with delays caused by coronavirus lockdown

The backlog of untried cases in the criminal justice system – which has ballooned during lockdown – could take a decade to clear, an official watchdog has warned.

The inspectorate that monitors the Crown Prosecution Service cautions that delays are likely to be “highly detrimental to justice”, will require “radical solutions” and that the problem could prove to be “more complex than dealing with the immediate crisis”.

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