Friday 15 January 2021 / 1:25 PM David Lammy

Labour demands government release assessment of safety in courts as Law Society call for ‘pause’

Labour demands government release assessment of safety in courts as Law Society call for ‘pause’

 

Labour is calling for the government to urgently release the scientific advice behind its decision to keep the courts open during the third national lockdown period.

 

It comes as the Law Society has suggested “a pause of all Crown Court and magistrates’ court non-custody work, of two weeks.”

 

Data obtained from a parliamentary question by Labour has revealed that nearly 600 court users, judges and staff have tested positive for coronavirus between 24th November and 11th January.

 

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, said:

 

“Since the start of this crisis, Labour has called for the fast roll out of Nightingale courts so that justice can continue to be served in a way that is safe. Instead the government has dithered and delayed allowing the backlog in the Crown Courts to grow to more than 50,000 cases.

 

“Recent outbreaks of the virus in courts around the country are very concerning. The government must be led by the science and uphold its duty to ensure courts are safe and hygienic.

 

“Labour is calling on the government to immediately publish the scientific advice behind its decision to keep the courts open during the third national lockdown.”