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Law Society response to the Bar’s potential resolution with the Ministry of Justice

24 May 2018

Law Society president Joe Egan said: “We’re pleased the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recognised the argument that there needs to be proper funding in the criminal justice system, as evidenced by the proposed release of additional funds for legally aided work.

“We hope the MoJ will now withdraw their opposition to the Law Society’s judicial review for the Litigators' Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS) cuts.

“We look forward to a similar announcement in relation to the work carried out by solicitors, including the withdrawal of the most recent pages of prosecution evidence (PPE) cut.

“This change of policy is no doubt as a result of the public debate about the state of the criminal justice system and recent arguments put forward by both sides of the profession and not as a direct response to the recent action of the bar.”

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