Publication: Criminal courts backlog - audit scope

To be published May 2023 by Auditor General
Publication cover: Criminal courts backlog - audit scope

The Covid-19 pandemic significantly affected the work of the Criminal Justice System. Measures introduced to manage the risks associated with the pandemic such as public health lockdowns and physical distancing restrictions significantly added to the number of outstanding cases waiting to go through the court system.

This performance audit for the Auditor General for Scotland will provide an independent assessment of the progress that has been achieved in reducing the criminal courts backlog in Scotland that has built-up since the start of the pandemic. It is timely for us to undertake audit work in this area now, as the response to the criminal courts backlog is currently unfolding.

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