The backlog of cases due to be tried in Criminal courts is no new phenomenon, but with the closing of physical courts due to COVID-19 adding to the pressure, there have been suggestions that changes should be made to jury trials, this has included scrapping them altogether for either way offences, in favour of a single judge and two magistrates, to more recently, reducing the number of people sitting on a jury from 12 to 7. In this episode of 7BR’s Part-Heard, Maryam Syed and Vittoria Trigilio discuss the work-ability of the proposals and, as the backlog continues to build, where do we go from here?

Maryam and Vittoria have also answered a few questions in addition to their podcast in order for you to get to know them better. View their Q&A’s here: Q&A with Maryam Syed and Q&A with Vittoria Trigilio.

As mentioned in the podcast, Maryam and Vittoria will be following on from this discussion by presenting a live webinar where they will discuss further updates, including the recent announcement of the the 10 Nightingale Courts, of which Maryam has provided a short update here.

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