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Fear as cheap temps oust justice staff.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY DAN BLOOM

COURTS are using low-paid outside workers to replace thousands of experienced staff.

There are now 2,623 agency staff in HM Courts and Tribunals Service, a 67% rise in three years.

And all but 26 are in the lowest-paid bands F and E, which include administrative officers and ushers. The service plans to axe 5,000 full-timers by 2023 to save PS265million a year.

Simon Davis, president of the Law Society of England and Wales warned the changes could have "grave implications".

He added: "Experienced staff are incredibly important for the smooth running of cases. Morale is understandably low."

The Courts Service said: "Using agency staff saves the taxpayer money."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2019
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