In gender neutral language guidelines, judges are instructed to use ‘postal operator’ rather than ‘postman’. These guidelines also caution against calling women “ladies” because they can be ‘patronising.

  • Courts and Tribunal Judiciary have created a document of 556 pages containing guidelines. 
  • Critics suggested the government should be focusing on solving the massive backlog. 
  • Crown courts are currently hearing more than 60,000 cases. 

Under new guidelines to ensure that UK courts are more gender-neutral, judges were instructed to substitute the word ‘postman for ‘postal operator’. 

A 566-page document was also provided by the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary. It included advice that females not be called ‘ladies,’ as this term is patronising. 

The Sun reported that critics suggested the governing body focus more on the Covid pandemic’s current backlog. 

This is because there are more than 60,000 cases awaiting to be heard in crown courts throughout England and Wales.   

Nigel Mills, Tory MP said that it was just absurd. This is absurd and strange.

“The priority should not be this woke agenda. It doesn’t work in real life.

It is wasteful to spend time and effort supporting the people.

It comes after it was revealed in September how fed-up victims of crime are refusing to proceed with prosecutions in nearly a million cases as faith in the justice system dwindles.

Judges have been told to drop the term 'postman' for 'postal operative' under new guidelines designed to make UK courtrooms more 'gender-neutral' (file photo)

Under new guidelines to help make UK courts more gender-neutral, judges were told by the government to stop using the terms ‘postman’ and ‘postal operator’. (file photo). 

there are currently 60,000-plus cases waiting to be heard at crown courts across England and Wales

As many as 60,000 cases are awaiting hearing at the crown courts in England and Wales. 

The Mail revealed Sunday that the Mail has seen a rise in the number of people who withdraw cooperation since 2014-15, when it was just below seven percent of all offenses.

The level now stands at a staggering 21.8 per cent – or 945,000 cases – in the year to March 2021 for England and Wales.

Victims’ groups have blamed the logjam in the courts system – which was already struggling before the pandemic. 

The crown court backlog was 37,000 before Covid-19 but it had reached 59,000 as of July. 

The magistrates’ courts system had almost 400 000 outstanding cases.