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Lord Chief Justice questioned on Annual Report and courts backlog

12 November 2021

The Justice Committee takes evidence from Lord Chief Justice, The Rt Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon, on Tuesday 16 November in a session examining his Annual Report and wider issues facing the courts and the judiciary.

The Lord Chief Justice has a formal leadership role for the judiciary, which encompasses administration, financial management and the training, guidance, discipline and welfare of judges and magistrates in England and Wales. Amongst his key responsibilities are to represent the views of the judiciary of England and Wales to Parliament and Government and to oversee the deployment of judges and allocation of work in courts in England and Wales. In recent years the Lord Chief Justice has presented an annual report to Parliament setting out matters of importance to the judiciary.

The Lord Chief Justice’s report 2021 highlights the ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the continuing pressures on the courts posed by the significant increase in the number of outstanding cases. The evidence session will focus in particular on issues relating to court capacity and the Committee will be seeking the Lord Chief Justice’s perspective on the impact of measures, such as Nightingale Courts, to reduce the caseload and recover backlogs.

The Committee will also examine wider questions relating to the judiciary highlighted in the Report, including judicial wellbeing and judicial diversity.

Witness

Tuesday 16 November

At 2.30pm

  • The Rt Hon The Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Further information

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