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Backlog of cases at magistrates’ courts in Boston and Lincoln, but number of cases significantly cut

There remains a backlog of cases at Lincolnshire’s courts, although the number of cases has been cut – latest figures reveal.

As of the end of September 2023, the number of outstanding cases at Lincoln Magistrates' Court stood at 2,536 while there were a further 1,207 outstanding cases at Boston Magistrates' Court.

This represents a 20% reduction at Lincoln compared to September 2022, when the outstanding caseload stood at 3,156.

Lincoln Magistrates' Court. Photo: Google Maps
Lincoln Magistrates' Court. Photo: Google Maps

The previous year’s caseload at Boston was 1,441, so the latest figures show a 16% reduction for that court.

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The figures have been revealed by MP Mark Freer, Parliamentary under-Secretary of State for Justice in response to a written question by South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

Sir John asked how many outstanding cases there were at Grantham, Boston and Lincoln Magistrates Court.

“Grantham Magistrates’ Court is closed, and any outstanding cases will have been allocated to other courts,” Mr Freer added.

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