Sunday 6 September 2020 / 10:58 AM David Lammy / Justice

David Lammy responds to reports that Government lengthening time unconvicted defendants can spend in custody before trial

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that the Government will lengthen the time that unconvicted defendants can spend in custody before trial from 182 days to 238 days, said:

“Rather than deal with the backlog they helped create through a decade of cuts and court closures, the Government has been forced to increase the amount of time unconvicted defendants spend locked up.

“As a result, justice will be further delayed for the victims of crime, as well as defendants.

“This is the result of the Government’s incompetence and complete failure to address the crisis in our courts that Labour has been warning about for months.”