The 'pre-sentence report before plea' protocol now applies to all magistrates' courts in England and Wales.
A new version of the police station protocol envisages a return to in-person advice in most cases, with some exceptions.
Sustained investment is urgently needed across the criminal justice system to tackle the backlog.
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Investment is needed as soon as possible to halt the declining number of criminal legal aid firms
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