Cutting Criminal Legal Aid Prompted Barristers’ and Solicitors’ Protest

More than 300 barristers convened at the Radisson Hotel to condemn what they considered a threat to their legal profession. The barristers and solicitors held an all-day debate to deliberate the government’s plan to transform the criminal justice system.

Nicholas Clarke QC, the Cregan trial prosecutor, said “The [MoJ] proposals will undermine the position of the independent bar, irretrievably and forever. They would also impact on the high professional standards that we seek to uphold.”

According to the barristers, the proposal will only work for very few companies who had bid the lowest price to provide defendants in all cases with representation. But then according to the government, proposed cut on criminal legal aid will help increase public confidence and encourage efficiency.

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