Thursday 18 February 2021 / 12:05 PM David Lammy / Justice

Justice system in crisis as the number of defendants prosecuted falls by 25% and the proportion of defendants on remand at 5-year high

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to Ministry of Justice statistics revealing the extent of the damage caused by the Conservatives’ slow and incompetent response to the pandemic on the criminal justice system, said: 

“The collapse in cases dealt with by the criminal justice system in the past year is a result of the government’s slow and incompetent response to the pandemic.

“The Government has failed to listen to Labour’s calls for a rapid extension in Nightingale Courts, reduced war time juries while pandemic restrictions are in place, and the immediate roll-out of testing in courts that would have allowed more justice to be done. 

“A decade of failed Conservative ideology has wrecked the justice system, leaving it vulnerable even before the pandemic began. We now need to rebuild the justice system so that the UK can become the fairest country in the world.”