Faster criminal justice system

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.

Damien Green: Even Dickens wrote about court delays

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.

How technology could speed up criminal justice

  • 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

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'Justice delayed is justice denied', warns Minister

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:

The majority of magistrates court trials don't go ahead on the day they are planned to. If every day only 44% of trains left the stations, or 44% of planned hospital operations took place there would be a national uproar. Yet every day this happens in the magistrates' courts.

Justice delayed is justice denied. What we should all want to see is justice delivered. Bringing cases to trial more quickly, and then resolving them swiftly is absolutely essential for victims and for witnesses.

Fast, efficient criminal justice which ends 'blame game'

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