“The public should be confident that we are doing all we can to deliver justice and keep people safe.”

That is the message from Joanne Jakymec, chief crown prosecutor, of CPS Wessex which covers Hampshire.

With courts and tribunals are being consolidated into fewer buildings to maintain the safety of all in the courts and in line with public health advice, Ms Jakymec has set to alleviate concerns of a backlog of cases and a lack of justice.

She said that CPS Wessex continues to work with its partners in the Criminal Justice System to ensure “urgent work can continue safely, using technology to minimise in-person contact wherever possible”.

“There has been a rise nationally in reported cases of domestic violence, coronavirus-related fraud and assaults on key workers. Our expert teams continue to provide charging advice to the Police and to prepare high quality casework for presentation at court and deliver justice,” Ms Jakymec continued.

“To enable us to do this, the CPS has adapted to the current situation by maximising our digital capabilities and changing the way we work. We continue to carry out our essential work while keeping the public safe.

“Over the last fortnight, video hearings have successfully taken place across the country, thanks to collaborative working between all criminal justice partners.”

Ms Jakymec said she was enormously proud of the way the criminal system has adapted to continue their vital role.

“The safety and wellbeing of the public, CPS staff and everyone across the criminal justice system is our highest priority.”

Her message comes after a senior judge warned there could be an “enormous backlog” of work.

Judge Keith Cutler CBE, the Recorder of Winchester, said: “We are looking at an awful impact really. What I’m trying to do with my other judges, operating around Salisbury and Winchester, is really to look at cases, principally where defendants are in custody and if they have pleaded guilty or just up to sentence, and if we can carrying on and work out a way of sentencing them over video link.”