There’s a new comparison of spending on the justice system out by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) . I have only had a chance to have a quick look but it supports the view that the government’s claims that we spend way too much on our justice system look rather dubious in comparative terms (unless it turns out they were talking about Northern Ireland all along). I’ll try and take a more forensic look shortly.
Figure 2.2 from the report is set out below. England and Wales comes out in the bottom half of countries in terms of overall proportion of public expenditure allocated to the whole justice system.
The figures given for the proportion of justice system budget allocated to the courts, public prosecutors and legal aid puts England and Wales in the middle, just above average.