Court reform

Lord Chancellor outlines court recovery plan

Today (Friday 4 June), the Lord Chancellor outlined his court and tribunals recovery plan at the Law Society of England and Wales’ building on Chancery Lane.*

“We are delighted that the Lord Chancellor chose this historic building to speak about the recovery plan for the justice system,” said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce.

“I echo the Lord Chancellor’s praise of the hidden heroes of the legal profession – solicitors’, barristers’, judges’ and other court professionals’ outstanding efforts have kept the wheels of justice turning during the pandemic.

“Face-masked and socially distanced, solicitors have been there every step of the way, helping people, businesses and government uphold their rights and meet their responsibilities, ensuring access to justice and upholding the rule of law.

“This is an important moment for us as we welcome the first government minister back to our building, marking our first step towards full reopening as the vaccine rollout enables us cautiously to emerge from lockdown.

“We welcome the Lord Chancellor’s remarks that historically high levels of outstanding cases in the criminal courts cannot be allowed to continue.

“The crisis in our courts and tribunals is far from over.

“Significant investment is essential if victims, witnesses, defendants and the public at large are to have the justice system they deserve.”

Notes for editors

*Read the Lord Chancellor’s speech here

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