Are there enough courts?

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
It just occurred to me - how many people on remand don't go to prison afterwards and how much does this cost?
If they are going to trial anyway wouldn't it be cost effective to have more court sittings so you can get through the trials quicker and save the money spend on people being on remand who will be released?
Mind you, if the two budgets are separated then the issue is connecting them may help.
 

Dave

Distinguished Member
It just occurred to me - how many people on remand don't go to prison afterwards and how much does this cost?
If they are going to trial anyway wouldn't it be cost effective to have more court sittings so you can get through the trials quicker and save the money spend on people being on remand who will be released?
Mind you, if the two budgets are separated then the issue is connecting them may help.
People on remand already go to court quicker, there's legislation to ensure that this happens.

The problem comes from the fact that if someone is remanded it's usually a complex or serious case and trial preparation takes time to ensure full disclosure and a proper and fair trial can take place.
 

Dave

Distinguished Member
In theory perhaps but how quickly and what are the backlogs?
Around 6 weeks IIRC from NG plea to trial.

It may sound like a lot but when you're looking at evidence that potentially will take someone's liberty for 10 or more years it has to be right.
 

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