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Trial 'blitz' aims to unclog courts

By Wesleyan

Lawyers in some areas of the country are set for a busy few weeks when an initiative aimed at reducing a backlog of criminal trials gets under way.

The so-called 'trial blitz' forms part of the Transforming Summary Justice scheme, which is aimed at developing a speedier, more efficient system of criminal justice in England and Wales.

The Government says the initiative, which will focus on less complicated and shorter criminal trials, will begin in London on April 13 and run for six weeks.

The scheme will then also be run in Kent, Manchester and various other areas of the country where there are big backlogs of cases.

Supported by the Senior Presiding Judge and the Lord Chief Justice, the idea has been formulated by the judiciary.

Experts say there will be an increase in the amount of criminal legal aid work being processed, as the 'trial blitz' gets under way.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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