Rape cases in England and Wales will be hit hard by backlog, says police chief

Exclusive: Austerity, mismanagement and ‘reckless neglect’ has left system at crisis point, says crime commissioner Rape and domestic violence cases in England and Wales will be among the worst hit from the growing backlog in the judicial system, and trials could soon start collapsing because of severe delays, the new crime commissioner for England’s second biggest force has warned.

Simon Foster, the Labour commissioner for West Midlands police, said underfunding and “mismanagement and reckless neglect” of the justice system over the past 10 years had left it at crisis point, and he had heard of one crown court trial date being set for as far off as 2024 – though the Ministry of Justice denied this.

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By / Published On: June 7th, 2021 / Tags: , , , / Categories: Crime, News /

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