The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on how the courts have operated in the UK. Funding in the criminal justice system over the past few years led to severe backlogs in how cases are processed and dealt with in the courts. This has been further exacerbated by the coronavirus with the backlog reaching over half a million cases in recent weeks.
Facing a criminal charge is one of the most stressful experiences that someone may face. Cases may take weeks, months or years to come to a conclusion and this can be a huge source of anxiety. However, delays in criminal mattes may, in some circumstances, also be advantageous.