Monday 8 February 2021 / 3:13 PM Ellie Reeves.

Record number of victims and witnesses pulling out of trials due to court delays – Ellie Reeves

Ellie Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Solicitor General, responding to recent figures that a record number of victims and witnesses have pulled out of trials due to court delays, said:

“This Tory government is letting victims down on every front.

“With over 54,000 outstanding cases in our crown courts and victims of rape being left for over two years to wait for their court date, victims have been abandoned by this government on their quest for justice.

“The Government needs to increase the amount of nightingale courts to tackle the backlog and ensure that the criminal justice system will be there for us when we need it.”