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Barristers walk out in opposition to cuts to legal service

Pictured are Barristers and Solictors who walked out of Sheffield Crown Court in protest over cuts in the Criminal Justice System

Pictured are Barristers and Solictors who walked out of Sheffield Crown Court in protest over cuts in the Criminal Justice System

Court cases were disrupted in Sheffield on Monday morning as criminal barristers walked out in opposition to Government plans to cut their fees and legal aid.

It was part of a national ‘non attendance’ protest by the Criminal Bar Association - the first time in the Bar’s history barristers have taken action.

They say plans to cut their fees by up to 30% and slash legal aid will force experienced barristers out of the profession along with those from poorer backgrounds and will mean more miscarriages of justice due to inexperienced lawyers making mistakes.

The Ministry of Justice said: “We have to find efficiencies to ensure it remains sustainable and available to those most in need of a lawyer.”

 

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