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Campaigning for fairness in criminal law

CLSA Open Meeting – Friday 15th July 2022

The Bar strike action is now in its third week, and absent any change of heart on behalf of either the government or the CBA, it may last for some time. Meanwhile the Government have brought forward proposals based upon its response to the CLAR report. The...

Legal Aid dispute – CLSA Guide

As the dispute between barristers, solicitors and government over its failure to put Legal Aid and the Criminal Justice System in a sustainable footing continues and is escalated, clients and solicitors are being placed in a invidious position. Recent announcements by...

The immediate increase must be 15% across all cases

The CLSA note the intention of the Ministry of Justice to increase fees for work in the Magistrates Court and Police Station by 15% from the end of September. The proposal is that Litigator Graduated Fees, which represent the largest single category of most firms’...

CLSA Statement on the CBA Strike Action

The Criminal Justice System is in crisis. The significant backlog of cases in the Magistrates and the Crown Court predated Covid-19 but has been exacerbated by it. The reduction of that backlog will require committed hard work by barristers, solicitors (both...