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."
CRITICAL Simon Davis