Work continues at Dorchester Crown Court despite barristers' strike

Dorset Echo: Work continues at Dorchester Crown Court despite barristers' strike Work continues at Dorchester Crown Court despite barristers' strike

WORK went ahead at Dorchester Crown Court despite a national walkout by barristers.

It is the second strike held by members of the Criminal Bar Association following government cuts to legal aid.

The list at Dorchester Crown Court during yesterday’s strike remained unaffected although some defendants were unrepresented.

Judge Roger Jarvis gave defendants the option of adjourning their hearings or speaking in their own mitigation.

Demonstrations and rallies were held in London, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities as part of the protest.

The dispute centres on justice secretary Chris Grayling’s proposals to make cuts of £215million to legal aid.

Legal aid fees are expected to decrease by six per cent for barristers and 17.5 per cent for solicitors.

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11:05pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Tinker2 says...

The work of barristers is more easily measured by case preparation time and actual court time. The work of solicitors, on the other hand, falls into an altogether unregulated grey area. How much work they carry out and the extent of what work they do for their legal aid money, is largely not accountable and goes by unrecorded. The client has, in realitty, no control over the extent, or quality of the work provided. The system here is open for abuse and fails the defendent.
The work of barristers is more easily measured by case preparation time and actual court time. The work of solicitors, on the other hand, falls into an altogether unregulated grey area. How much work they carry out and the extent of what work they do for their legal aid money, is largely not accountable and goes by unrecorded. The client has, in realitty, no control over the extent, or quality of the work provided. The system here is open for abuse and fails the defendent. Tinker2
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