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Access to justice was patchy before the pandemic. Now it is imperilled

We can fill in the holes in the justice system—if the courts service is given the funding and data it needs

By Ann Taylor  

Photo: Ken Biggs / Alamy Stock Photo

A well-functioning justice system is essential to a well-functioning society. Yet our justice system had been neglected for years before the pandemic hit. This exacerbated the devastating impact of Covid-19 on our courts and tribunals.

Not long after Covid-19 changed life as we know it, the House of Lords Constitution Committee, which I chair, launched an inquiry into the constitutional implications of the pandemic. Now we have published the first of three reports on this subject, which looks at the impact of Covid-19 on courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

There has been a monumental effort…

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