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In an interview with Daybreak, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damian Green has admitted that the courts system needs to be brought into the 21st Century.
He said: "Dickens was writing books about delays in the court system 150 years ago."
Today it was announced that a new body is being set up to create a faster, more efficient criminal justice system, bringing an end to the "blame culture" between the courts, the police and the CPS.
- Greater use of technology such as video links will put an end to an "unacceptable" level of paperwork and delays
- Aim for the criminal justice system will be a single case file that progresses electronically right through the system from police to court and then prison or probation
- That would end the need to constantly re-key information
The new board will help draw up new reforms, to be unveiled in the spring, to a criminal justice system that, according to Damian Green, has seen little progress in the last 160 years. In a speech later today Mr Green will add:
Speaking to our UK Editor, Lucy Manning, the Justice Minister Damian Green said one of his priorities was to tackle the huge amount of time taken up in court by traffic offences. Mr Green said the current system meant cases took too long to process.
A new body is being set up to create a faster, more efficient criminal justice system which takes advantage of new technology, and brings an end to the "blame culture" between the courts, the police and the CPS.
- Criminal Justice Minister, Damian Green says a new board will be made up of the judiciary, the police and prosecutors who will get together to take responsibility
- Damian Green wants to speed things up, make the criminal justice system more efficient and free up police time using new technology
- Traffic offences make up a large percentage of court hearings and trials are already underway which see individual courts dealing with only traffic offences on one particular day, and process them much faster