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Season 2, Episode 2: Court delays – reducing the impact on victims and defendants

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In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The second season focused on the UK’s justice sector and was presented by Catch22’s former Communications and Marketing Manager, Josie Cochrane. From developing restorative justice to reducing the impact of court delays, this series was focused on solutions which could impact every aspect of the justice sector.

In the UK, there are currently more than 370,000 cases waiting to be heard in magistrate’s courts and 60,000 cases waiting to come before the Crown Courts, which handles the most serious cases.

Today’s episode welcomes Dame Vera Baird, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, and Harvey Redgrave, CEO of Crest Advisory – the UK research team dedicated to crime and justice issues.  We discuss the impact the delays are having on both victims and defendants, how we can reduce these delays, and how technology can reduce the burden on all involved – including for individuals, courts, and victim services themselves.​

Our panellists

Dame Vera Baird

Harvey Redgrave