Staffing at Courts: Access to Justice

Part of The Secretary of State was asked – in the House of Commons on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

That reform programme, which I read as court closures, is creating delays, but there are further delays in respect of the administrative staff who are supporting the courts: for example, I am told that in Chester and other courts CPS court caseworkers are now having to manage maybe three cases at once, with all the resultant delays that that brings about. So will the Minister look at the levels of administrative and support staff working behind the scenes to keep these things moving, because at the moment we are having delays of up to two years in Chester?