Barristers walk out of courts in strike over legal aid funding
Crime / Mon 27th Jun 2022 at 06:54am
BARRISTERS will walk out of courts across England and Wales on Monday in a dispute over legal aid funding.
During the strikes, they will not accept new cases or take on work for colleagues whose cases have overrun.
The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said around 81.5% of its more than 2,000 members who voted in a ballot supported the action.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said the strikes were “regrettable” and would “only delay justice for victims”.
In a statement released on the first day of action, Mr Raab urged barristers “to agree the proposed 15% pay rise which would see a typical barrister earn around £7,000 more a year”.
However, a spokesperson for the CBA, which represents barristers in England and Wales, said the pay rise would not take effect immediately as it would not apply to backlogged cases.
They said the “record backlog” may mean increased rates were “many years away” for barristers.
The full article can be read below.
The Criminal Bar Association had this to say in its press release:. "Each barrister who has voted is understandably angry and upset. Members of the criminal Bar have been feeling mistreated, undervalued and overwhelmed for a decade or more. The criminal justice system has been politicised by figures wishing to make political capital but unwilling to match the rhetoric with action and funding." In relation to the recently announced pay rise, the Criminal Bar Association said: "Last week the government committed to laying a Statutory Instrument before the summer to bring in fee uplifts in September. This is a welcome first step but must be followed swiftly by long term planning and a commitment to listen to the professions and to follow the evidence. Without this, barristers and solicitors will continue to find alternatives to criminal work, delays will increase, and public confidence in the criminal justice system will suffer." See press statement at: https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/resource/bar-council-comments-on-criminal-bar-vote-for-days-of-action.html
Make your own coffee you lazy lot.
Pop, I could outline the details of the issues in this matter but perhaps if he read the following article he may get a clearer idea of the criminal law advocates case: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/27/the-system-is-in-crisis-barristers-make-their-case-as-strike-begins
Gary, I think pop was making a joke. If you ask nice he might explain it to you. The clue is coffee
BlackBeltBarrister on YouTube has a good video today on this, explaining the rates they get and the hours that entails.
Wake up and smell the coffee Gary.