Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) victims, (b) witnesses and (c) defendants of replacing jury trials with trials by a judge and two magistrates.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We are pursuing a number of measures to help our Criminal Courts’ recovery, including searching for new court capacity. It is right that we think ambitiously and consider a full range of options. The Ministry would carry out a detailed assessment of any measure before introducing legislation.

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