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The backlog of cases at the probate service appears to be “getting worse” despite efforts to clear it, a Legacy Foresight economist has said.

Speaking at ILM annual conference on Monday, Jon Franklin said that HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) “hasn’t been clearing as many cases as it was at this time last year”, with an estimated backlog of around 50,000 cases in the first quarter of 2023.

This is despite HMCTS recruiting more than 100 employees between November 2022 and March this year to help clear the backlog.

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