The criminal justice system was showing signs of trouble before the arrival of the coronavirus. The pandemic has served however to throw up additional challenges for an already flagging system.
Since March, public and private bodies alike have been compelled to substitute long-standing practices with temporary, emergency measures. Police forces are no exception and have the additional task of enforcing government guidance and new offences under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
A major part of police work is of course the conduct of criminal investigations. It is worth considering the ways in which police investigations have, and will continue to be, affected by Covid-19. Issues relating to cases currently under investigation may not surface fully until trials starting as far off as 2022.
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