Lincoln Crown Court delays 'a scandal' says judge

A judge has said the delay in trials being heard at Lincoln Crown Court is "a scandal".

Judge Sean Morris said it had not been possible to set a date for the trial of a man facing charges of possession of indecent images of children until 2013.

The judge said the court should be able to hear three cases at the same time.

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said courts would always try to list cases at other courts.

Judge Sean Morris said: "This is a scandal. It is because this court is not funded to sit with three courts all of the time, this should be a three court centre."

He added: "Some of these trials are not getting in for a year or maybe a year and a half after the allegation has been made. I regret the inordinate delay, I find it acutely embarrassing."

An HMCTS spokesperson said: "Listing of individual cases is a judicial function; however HMCTS actively works with the judiciary and other criminal justice partners on listing issues and in particular on meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.

"Courts will always seek to list cases at neighbouring courts, where possible, in order to avoid delays."

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