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The prime minister has announced £142m to digitally upgrade and maintain around 100 courts as part of a £5bn coronavirus recovery plan. The court cash is part of what Downing Street billed a ‘new deal for Britain’.

Explaining the investment, the Ministry of Justice said the process of improving 100 courts will create at least 2,250 jobs. £30m will be spent on equipping 750 more courtrooms to hold remote hearings within six months. £10m will be spent building new court facilities.

Another £95m will be spent on maintenance. With £48m already allocated for maintenance this year, the ministry said this added up to the biggest single investment in maintaining the court estate for over 20 years.

Read the full article here: The Law Gazette

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