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Concern at 48% rise in cases awaiting Crown Court trials

Defendants spending longer on remand, victims face 'unacceptable' wait for justice

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Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)

Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)

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Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)

The chair of Stormont's Justice Committee has described the backlog of Crown Court cases in Northern Ireland as "wholly unacceptable".

His comments come after figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph showed a 48% hike in the number awaiting trial since the first lockdown last March.

This includes 23 murder and 36 rape cases as the full effects of the pandemic on our legal system emerge.


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