The backlog in the criminal courts has *NOT* been caused by Covid-19. It has been exacerbated, but was already nearly 40,000 cases in the Crown Court pre-Covid.
The delays are due to the govt’s refusal to resource the justice system.
Don’t let them lie to you.
The Justice Secretary and Lord Chief Justice are now both openly endorsing abolishing jury trials, to "solve" the "problem" that the government deliberately engineered.
Now we face a genuine threat to one of the fundaments of our constitution.
The government want to replace that with trial by a single (likely white and middle-aged) judge and two (likely white and over-60) magistrates.