Croydon courtrooms shut as lawyers 'Grayling Day' strike over legal aid

Croydon Guardian: Croydon Crown Court has been affected by the walkout Croydon Crown Court has been affected by the walkout

More than half of Croydon's courtrooms were empty today as lawyers across the country went on strike in protest at cuts to legal aid. 

Crown court trials ground to halt and hearings were were running in only five of Croydon Magistrates' Court's 14 courtrooms this morning amid the second walkout this year. 

The industrial action was in response to Government plans, officially unveiled last week, to save £220m from the £2bn legal aid bill by slashing fees for barristers and solicitors.

Thousands of lawyers were expected to take part across the UK in the all-day strike, dubbed 'Grayling Day' after justice secretary Chris Grayling.

The reforms, which the Government insisted are needed to save money, include proposals that would see prisoners' access to legal aid limited and a reduction in fees paid by taxpayers to criminal solicitors and barriers for advocacy.

But Nigel Lithman QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said: "If these cuts are not addressed, then the British justice system, which is held in such high esteem around the world, will cease to exist as we know it and the British public can no longer expect true justice to be delivered."

The Justice Alliance, a group of legal organisations, campaigners and charities, said ordinary people would be denied justice if the cuts went ahead.


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8:55pm Sat 8 Mar 14

christhegoth says...

FYI:

http://blogs.channel
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This is all about saving cash, sure; but at what price? Are Tory voters so desperate to pay less Tax now that they want to forfeit their access to justice?

#JustSayin
FYI: http://blogs.channel 4.com/factcheck/fact check-cameron-gets-h is-police-figures-ba ck-to-front/7838 This is all about saving cash, sure; but at what price? Are Tory voters so desperate to pay less Tax now that they want to forfeit their access to justice? #JustSayin christhegoth
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