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Special traffic courts to fast-track motoring offences

Special traffic courts to fast-track motoring offences

Reducing delays in the justice system could be achieved through the implementation of special traffic courts to free up time for more serious cases, according to a Government announcement.

Magistrates’ courts deal with approximately half a million motoring cases every year, and while the Ministry of Justice accept that most of the cases are simply a formality, they often take longer to progress than major offences.

The desire to set up traffic courts to reduce delays is part of a wider plan to improve Britain’s criminal justice system, though Justice Minister Damian Green has already stated that enforcing traffic laws is hugely important for road safety and saving lives. Mr Green added:

“However, these cases take nearly six months on average from offence to completion, despite the fact that over 90% of cases result in a guilty plea or are proved in absence – this is simply unacceptable.

“The justice system must respond more quickly and effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and local communities, and these dedicated courts will enable magistrates to better organise their work and drive greater efficiency.”

The judiciary are responsible for managing cases in the courts, and in conjunction with the Government they are now looking at how the traffic courts can be implemented across the country.

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