CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITORS' ASSOCIATION

The CBA has voted by the narrowest of margins to accept the government’s offer

The CLSA notes that the CBA has voted by the narrowest of margins to accept the government’s offer of a small additional investment into the AGFS scheme, in exchange for which the Bar will begin to accept legal aid cases once more. Our members will be relieved that the additional burden placed upon them by the lack of available counsel will now ease, but remain disappointed that despite the fact up to 40% of some types crown court advocacy is now carried out by Solicitor Higher Court Advocates paid under the same scheme, HCAs were not eligible for this vote. The government should note the narrow margin and recognise the strength of feeling in both sides of the profession of the decrepitude of the criminal justice system and note the urgent work and investment needed to reverse decades of neglect leading to the risks of injustice on an industrial scale. We look forward to our forthcoming discussions with the government about the need for investment and reform in the LGFS, legal aid more generally and the wider criminal justice system.

 

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