Kerry Underwood


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Extracts from Press Conference given by the Lord Chief Justice: Lord Burnett

“It really is not reasonable to expect court staff, judges or court users to attend court buildings which are in a terrible state: water coming through the ceilings for example; jurors having to wear hats and coats in the winter; lifts that do not work; air conditioning that does not work so that courts have to be stopped in the heat of the summer.”


“It is well known that there is a huge backlog in maintenance in the court estate, a huge backlog which, as I indicated when I gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee, will cost hundreds of millions of pounds to sort out, but it has to be sorted out because it is not reasonable to expect anybody operating in the system to operate in those sorts of conditions.”


“The total cost for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, including all judicial remuneration, in gross terms is about £1.7 billion a year. It nets down for various reasons to £1.6 billion and then much of it is paid for by fees of about £700 million a year. So the cost is actually rather less than a billion pounds a year, and that doesn’t take into account the other income that comes from what we do, but which we see nothing of I hasten to add, which is the income from fines and so on.”


“So the rule of law underpins everything that goes on in society, an efficient and functioning court service is absolutely crucial to stability and to prosperity and it’s interesting that if one looks around the world at the moment, there is an increasing recognition that a functioning, efficient court service which maintains the rule of law is absolutely vital for inward investment.”

Written by kerryunderwood

June 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm

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