Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

A court in West London had to adjourn a number of cases due to ‘lack of drivers’ for vans.

At Isleworth Crown Court today (Thursday, November 25), a long list of adjournments had been pinned to the court schedule, with many of the re-listed dates going into late December and early 2022.

A family was told that their son’s trial had been moved from 6 p.m. 10.00 to kl. 14.00 due to the lack of staff who could drive defendants to court.

Other cases were completely canceled and had been moved to a later date.

READ MORE: First picture of a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death over ‘Gucci bag’ in west London

The backlog of criminal cases had reached over 60,000 in June 2021, with London being the worst-hit area since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

London’s waiting times have increased by 72 per cent, according to a study published by the National Audit Office (NOA) in October.

The case is being heard by a family court judge
Several lawsuits had to be adjourned this morning

An inspection of detention facilities in central and south London in August 2021 noted that some detainees were forced to wait up to seven hours before being transferred due to staff shortages.

The prisons are also struggling to recruit new staff as the number of inmates reaches capacity due to delays in case processing.

According to the Prison Officer Association (POA), the prison system is “close to breaking point” as the number of ads for roles increased by 13 percent ahead of Christmas.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the backlog of Crown trials has increased by 19,000 across England and Wales, prompting calls for government action.

NOA said the backlog was set to last beyond 2024, leaving victims, witnesses and families to wait for years for justice.

Following the release of the crime statistics, Justice Minister Dominic Raab issued a statement in which he said: “It is unacceptable that many victims have to wait so long to seek justice.

At MyLondon, we want to make sure you get the latest and greatest from across the capital.

And one way you can do that is by getting the best news, reviews and features, wherever you are, straight to your inbox with our free email newsletters.

We have seven newsletters you can currently sign up for – including a different one for each part of London, as well as an EastEnders one for all the gossip from Albert Square and a London Underground to keep you updated on the latest transport news.

The local newsletters are published twice a day and send the latest stories directly to your inbox.

From community stories and news covering all of London’s boroughs to celebrities and lifestyle stories, we make sure you get the very best every day.

To sign up for one of our newsletters, simply follow this link and select the newsletter that suits you.

And to really customize your on-the-go news experience, you can download our top-rated free apps for iPhone and Android. Find out more here.

“The pandemic put an unprecedented limit on our ability to hold jury trials, but we have made great strides in the magistrates’ courts to reduce the number of outstanding cases.

“With new super-courtrooms, the extension of the Nightingale Courts to 2022, and borderless court days, we will restore the rapid access to justice that victims deserve.”

In an effort to alleviate the stress on the justice system, he announced in November a new “super courtroom” in Loughborough, the second of its kind in the UK, where 12 defendants can sit behind the quay.

An increase of £ 1 billion. in the financing of legal arrears had also been secured in the October annual expenditure review.

MyLondon has approached Isleworth Crown Court for comment.

Want more from MyLondon? Sign up for our daily newsletters to get the latest and greatest from all over London here.

Do you have a story you think we should cover? If so, send an email to


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *