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Committee consults widely on court and tribunal case backlog

15 March 2021

The House of Commons Justice Committee is to take further evidence on the strains faced by courts and tribunals in dealing with a backlog in cases.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated delays in the holding of various court and tribunal cases because of the need for social distancing and other logistical difficulties. This has affected witnesses, defendants, the range of lawyers and court/tribunal staff involved, as well as a number of other organisations.

This session will welcome the representatives of various organisations to seek to understand their experiences and ask if they have ideas on how they might help with the court capacity challenges. The information gathered will feed into the Committee’s inquiry into court capacity and into a separate Committee inquiry on the future of legal aid.


Tuesday 16 March 2021, at 2.30pm

Panel 1:

  • David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and Criminal Justice System lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Deputy Chief Constable Tony Blaker, Digital First Lead, Criminal Justice Committee of the National Police Chiefs’ Council  

Panel 2:

  • Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service

  • Rebecca Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Prosecution Service

Panel 3:

  • Tony Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)

  • Jacky Tiotto, Chief Executive Officer, Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

  • Laura Bee, Industrial Officer, Public and Commercial Sector Union, and Group Secretary for the Union’s Justice Sector membership

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