The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced new measures including eight new Nightingale courts to deal with the significant criminal case backlog.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and the MoJ also announced plans to recruit 1,600 additional staff; and to use video technology where possible.

The case backlog across the crown courts and magistrates’ courts numbered more than 560,000 by the end of this July, according to HMCTS figures.

The Law Society welcomed the steps taken to “boost court capacity” through the new courts and hoped to “see them up and running as soon as possible”.

Ten Nightingale courts are already operational.

The government also announced a temporary me...

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