Regulation & Government

Barristers to not be balloted on gov legal aid deal in favour of action

Earlier this month, 94% of barristers voted to adopt a ‘no returns’ policy after April 11 unless the government met a number of terms including a 25% increase in remuneration

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has announced barristers will not be balloted on whether to accept the government’s £135m legal package unveiled last week.

In his weekly updated to members, CBA chair Jo Sidhu QC described the response from the government as “underwhelming”, adding that “on one view, it betrays a wholesale failure to recognise the severity of the crisis currently engulfing our criminal justice system and the urgency needed to address that huge challenge”.

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