31. Mar, 2018


Legal aid: Barristers to strike over 'relentless cuts'
Barristers are to go on strike over "relentless" cuts which have left the criminal justice system "broken".

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which represents criminal lawyers in England and Wales, is advising its members take part in "days of action".

It also recommends its members refuse all legal aid cases from 1 April when a new fees system comes into force.

The Ministry of Justice said it was "extremely disappointed" by the position taken by the CBA.

Angela Rafferty QC, chair of the CBA, has warned that prisons, courts, the police and probation services were "underfunded and in chaos".

Criminal Bar Association members are also advised to refuse all legal aid cases from 1 April.