Youth Courts: Coronavirus

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

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of youth court closures as a result of covid-19 on the level of case backlogs in England and Wales.

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

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) continually review and prioritise all youth cases. Judicial instructions for the prioritisation of cases ensure that youth cases, particularly those concerning individuals who will be crossing a relevant age threshold, are one of the top priorities.

The next publication of the National Statistics series ‘Criminal Court Statistics Quarterly’ will provide the quarterly information to September 2020 and will be available from 17th December 2020: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/criminal-court-statistics This will allow an assessment to be made and illustrate the impact of Covid-19 arrangements in the youth court over that time.

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