The Strike and Why Pro Bono isn’t Free Mr Gove

by Steve Wedd

Justice Box

It came as a considerable relief to hear that last night the Doncaster area had finally signed up to Strike Action joining a galaxy of Legal Aid heroes across the UK who are placing their careers and firms at risk by making a stand against the Governments draconian cuts and attack on our justice system .

Of course the reality is that the Criminal Justice System has been a political football for many years and Solicitors have been under financial attack since the introduction of Standard Fees in the Magistrates Court . At that time Lawyers had met and considered action only to be persuaded by the Law Society that engagement was the answer – it has proved to be a fundamental error and one which has set the agenda for the years that followed .

Solicitors and Defence Counsel have long been portrayed as the cause of delay and…

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