A short and stark report from HM Inspectorates of police, prisons, prosecution and probation has painted a picture of a criminal justice system straining to cope with the effects of Covid-19 — and identifies the substantial increase in the backlog of cases as "the greatest risk to criminal justice".

The criminal justice system is creaking under the weight of the backlog, and the patience of staff, lawyers, victims and defendants is not unlimited.

Russell-Cooke partner Martin Rackstraw explains in The Times that radical measures are needed to keep the courts running during the pandemic.

Radical solutions are needed to keep the courts running is available to read on The Times website.

Martin is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team. He has been defending in serious and high profile cases for well over twenty years. He is ranked in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for both general crime and extradition and financial crime.