Barristers strike for the first time in 800 years

Barristers across London are striking today for the first time in 800 years, protesting cuts which will “endanger justice”.

The walkout at 15 different courts across the UK, called by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), is the first in the organisation’s 800-year history.

Both barristers and solicitors are facing pay cuts due to a proposed 30% cut to the legal aid bill in April. The fund, currently at £2bn a year, has already been cut by 40% since 1997.

“It is not just a pay dispute for barristers, but a fight to preserve the fabric of a criminal justice system of which we should all be proud,” the CBA said.

Many of London’s courts were adorned with protestors this morning, with tweeters capturing the action across the city.

 

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