Thursday 24 June 2021 / 11:10 AM David Lammy / Justice

Labour responds to new statistics revealing victims of crime are facing a 43% spike in delays to justice

David Lammy MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the release of new statistics showing that a fifth of cases in the Crown Courts have been outstanding for a year or more and the average age of an outstanding case increased by 43% on the previous year, said:

“The Conservatives are forcing victims of rape, domestic abuse and violent assault to wait months and years for justice if they get it at all.

“This is the direct result of the Government’s decade of court closures, combined with its incompetent response to the pandemic.

“Yesterday the Prime Minister apologised to rape victims. Now he must take urgent action to restore the justice system after his Party has decimated it.”