Cutting the backlog of court cases

Today the government announced that nightingale courts will remain open for a further 12 months - helping to put dangerous criminals behind bars, cut the backlogs in our courts, and deliver justice for victims of crime. 

  • The number of backlogged cases in our courts fell by almost 800 at the end of 2022, but to make our streets safer and deliver justice for victims, we must continue doing all we can to put offenders behind bars quicker.  
  • That is why the government announced today that 24 nightingale courts will remain open in 2023, building on our steps to double magistrates sentencing powers and recruit even more judges - helping to build capacity in our courts.
  • These courts mean more dangerous offenders will be off our streets and justice will be delivered quicker to victims, while helping to cut the backlog in our Crown Courts.

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