Editor's note: Can substandard justice – whatever that looks like in practice – be justice at all?

The past week has brought us two key reports on the justice system, based on the lived experiences of people within the legal profession and across society as a whole. It’s not a pretty picture.

First up, a damning report from a select committee of cross-party MPs declaring little confidence in Ministry of Justice plans to deal with the justice backlog. 

Hot on the MPs’ report came an equally damning assessment of the justice system from a cross-party committee of the House of Lords, which arrived – unsurprisingly – at similar conclusions. 

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