Sign in Welcome! Log into your account your username your password Forgot your password? Get help Password recovery Recover your password your email A password will be e-mailed to you. HomeLegal NewsLegal aid industrial action begins for barristers Legal aid industrial action begins for barristers By Helen Greaney April 12, 2022 FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsApp Barristers have started industrial action in a feud over legal aid funding today. Almost 2,500 barristers have now said they will refuse to step in at the last minute to pick up court appearances or preparatory work for colleagues whose cases are over-running. It stems from an unresolved row with the government over legal aid funding. The government warned the action could see the criminal justice system slowly grind to a halt within weeks, making backlogs even greater. Latest figures indicate that the crown court backlog stood at 58,993 in January. With barristers declining to cover ‘returned’ cases – which they are not obliged to accept – this figure is expected to worsen. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has accused ministers of dragging their feet over implementing a 15% rise in rates for legal aid – as recommended by an independent review. In February, criminal barristers voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting ‘no returns’ should the government refuse to increase criminal legal aid advocacy fees by 25%. The government’s criminal legal aid reform proposes a maximum 15% uplift, which would not come into force for months. The Criminal Law Solicitors Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association are expected to hold a ‘legal aid consultation survival training’ event next month, where the government’s proposals will be considered. Pic credit: Associated Press Total 0 Shares Share 0 Tweet 0 Pin it 0 Share 0 Tagsactionbarristersfundinglegalaid Previous articleMajority of whiplash claims still from represented peopleNext articleTop 8 legal cases for international investors in 2022 latest articles Ian Burton joins ‘one to watch’ Jurit LLP Osbourne Pinner: Pioneers in Facilitating Overseas Hiring for Over 1000 UK Businesses Key Steps for Engaging a PPC Campaign Manager in the UK Osbourne Pinner Reports Substantial Growth in Its Premier High Net Worth Divorce Service Yorkshire Law Firm’s Clinical Negligence Division Strengthens Expert Team Law firm announces enhanced Christmas collection across the East of England explore more Ian Burton joins ‘one to watch’ Jurit LLP Osbourne Pinner: Pioneers in Facilitating Overseas Hiring for Over 1000 UK Businesses Key Steps for Engaging a PPC Campaign Manager in the UK Osbourne Pinner Reports Substantial Growth in Its Premier High Net Worth Divorce Service Yorkshire Law Firm’s Clinical Negligence Division Strengthens Expert Team Law firm announces enhanced Christmas collection across the East of England LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Comment: Please enter your comment! Name:* Please enter your name here Email:* You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Website: Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.