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Criminals could be processed within days or even hours under Goverment plans for "swift and sure justice".
Police Minister Nick Herbert outlined reforms to transform criminal justice from a "fragmented, paper-based system into a seamless, streamlined service".
The changes could see more court video links and tougher community sentences, as well as the introduction of 'neighbourhood justice panels' for local people to judge how to deal with low-level crime.
Mr Herbert said the reforms would ensure that straightforward and uncontested cases were dealt with "promptly and efficiently".
He told the Today programme there was "no need for unnecessary delay in criminal justice," and that the reforms would overcome the "in-built delay" in the current system.
He added the measures were "for low-level offending, cases," stressing that serious matters would still be brought before the courts.
Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said victims were right to expect quick and efficient justice, but called on ministers to explain how the changes would be funded.
“We fear these proposals may result in the cutting of corners within our justice system, increasing the risk of miscarriages of justice, which will further erode the public's confidence," he said.
“It's really puzzling to be told by this Government that we need to be closer to the community when dealing with cases when they've presided over the biggest closure of our courts in recent times."
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