Can judges end UK's rape case backlog?

Judiciary aiming to fast-track oldest of the 3,355 rape cases awaiting trial in England and Wales

Resources will be 'surged' into rape cases delayed for more than two years
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Judges are to prioritise long-delayed rape cases in a bid to clear the backlog of trials within the next five months. 

The "unprecedented move" to "surge" resources into delayed cases is intended to "end the anguish of victims in a backlogs limbo", said the BBC. Many of the delays have been caused "by a combination of the pandemic, government cuts before it and a strike by barristers over pay".

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