MA calls for changes to reduce impact of crown court backlogs on cases involving violence against women and girls MA national chair calls for implementation of changes to magistrates' jurisdiction, to ease the burden on crown courts 08 October 2021 Bev Higgs, the national chair of the Magistrates' Association, has called for magistrates' jurisdiction to be increased to a 12-month custodial sentence for a single offence - to reduce the number of cases being sent to crown courts where backlogs are causing delays in justice including in cases involving violence against women and girls. In a letter published in The Guardian newspaper, Bev Higgs points out that “non-priority” cases backlogged in the crown courts are now listing into 2023-24. Increasing the jurisdiction in magistrates' courts, where volunteer magistrates have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to keep backlogs at a minimum, would ease pressure on the crown courts, speeding up justice for all. You can read her full letter here. Previous Article MA supports '2020 Vision: 100 Years of Justice exhibition' Next Article Blog post: Celebrating Black History Month Print Tags: Sentencing Women Justice system backlog Please login or register to post comments.