It’s a sad day in Great Manchester, England because of the horrific delays and brutal cuts that have left everyone in the place in shock with the criminal justice system at breaking point, a damning new report that has been revealed. Even I, myself, am in disbelief that it is happening right now.
It is, I think for about less than one fifth of the region’s court cases now go ahead on the day they are due. For me, it is one of the worst performances when it comes to justice in the country. The criminal justice system must be in sleep when it happened.
Scheduling and administration issues that are often involves complex trials here in Great Manchester are said to be partly to blame in our region. I have to admit it has a connection with the issues being raised today.
But, when it comes to legal connection, legal experts have also blamed cuts forced upon local courts and the Crown Prosecution Service for the delays. Now, with that said, they are blaming each other with this said issue. I have nothing against with everyone but they have to do something before it is too late.
Figures for last year show that in Greater Manchester only 18 per cent of criminal cases proceeded as planned. While, on the other end of the scale, the figure was 51 per cent in north Wales.
As I am looking at the details, critics also say that the delays increase the trauma for victims and witnesses as well as the waste police and court time. This is obvious drain cash out of the system and they need to settle this down immediately. The damning figures for 2015 are revealed today in a Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts report.
While continuing to discuss about the “left waiting justice”, they also show that in Greater Manchester, along with the Humberside, it has the greatest proportion of vacated cases which is not a good sign for our justice system.
That is when, before the day it is due to start, it becomes clear a case is unlikely to go ahead as scheduled and it is removed from the list. The earlier that happens, the more likely court time is not wasted. At the other end of the scale, 11pc of cases are ‘vacated’ in Cleveland.
Now, according to records that I have seen so far in the work, there are more than a dozen underused magistrates and county courts in the region that are set to close as part of a cost-cutting drive of the government, in which it includes Bury, Oldham and Trafford magistrates.
The Ministry of Justice is currently going through an ‘efficiency’ programme, which ministers say will reduce duplication in the system, remove the need for ‘paper processes’ through technology investment, and stop people attending court unnecessarily.
I wonder what would be the response of the people behind this issue. It is better been heard or it would be a case that is just filed in the system. Greater Manchester is better than this report and will reflect on the recommendations.