Delays in issuing Statements of Reasons

We are currently experiencing significant delays in Statements of Reasons being issued.

Any query as to why there is a delay is met with the response, “It’s the covid.”

Firstly,  I can’t see why this should lead to judges taking significantly longer to prepare SoRs.

Even if it is accepted that there is a delay due to covid, then surely the Appellant has a right to be given some indication of when he can expect to receive the SoR, rather than ‘you’ll get it when it’s ready’ policy which seems to prevail at the moment.

Does anyone have any thoughts on when the delay, even under the present circumstances, would become unreasonable, and lead to potential grounds for set aside?

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