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More than 10,000 intercourse offences and rapes are but to go to trial in large Crown Court backlogs, new figures have revealed.

According to the Ministry of Justice, there at the moment are greater than 67,500 crimes throughout England and Wales which are ready to go to trial – one thing attorneys say is a 23-year excessive.

The attorneys additionally say rape victims are being “given false hope” that their circumstances would come to trial.

The figures, launched on Thursday, present the general backlog for courtroom circumstances has risen eight % within the final 12 months. That was regardless of the federal government hoping to scale back it to 53,000 by this time subsequent 12 months.

It comes as senior presiding choose Lord Justice Edis unveiled plans this month that may see all rape circumstances ready greater than two years heard inside 5 months.

Lord Edis needed 180 of the longest-delayed circumstances to be heard in courtroom earlier than August, reviews The Times.

Criminal Bar Association chair Tana Adkin KC is now calling on the federal government to spend money on authorized professionals to assist scale back the backlog.

She informed the Law Gazette: “Doing nothing to increase rape and serious sexual offence fees is not an option unless we want to accept that rape and serious sexual offence trials will continue to be delayed for years, repeatedly postponed on the day because there is no barrister to prosecute or defend.

“The human price for victims of those crimes in addition to harmless defendants is past monetary measure.”

The Ministry of Justice released figures in September that showed the that the number of adult rape cases arriving at the Crown Court was “larger than at any level since 2014, far exceeding our 2016 ambitions”.

It stated there had been 665 crown courtroom receipts for rape circumstances within the three months to the top of September – 20 % above the goal of 533.