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A legal challenge by the Law Society of England and Wales to halt cuts which were heightening the looming crisis in the criminal justice system has been backed by the High Court.
Failures by police and prosecution authorities to disclose evidence which led to miscarriages of justice must be addressed through a shift in culture, MPs said today.
“A crisis in the criminal justice system triggered the barristers’ strike action and although that dispute seems narrowly to have been resolved - the crisis has not gone away,” said Law Society of England and Wales president Joe Egan
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
Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become extinct, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today as it unveiled new data showing a looming crisis in the number of defence solicitors.
Depriving one beleaguered portion of the criminal justice system to fund another could inflict further instability on the under-pressure system, the Law Society of England and Wales warned.
Ministry of Justice officials have said plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 for motoring claims will be implemented in April 2019.
Lawyers across the world risk harassment, imprisonment and even murder just for doing their jobs, the Law Society of England and Wales said on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer.
The number of magistrates’ and county courts facing closure is set to increase after the government unveiled a fresh round of proposed closures as part of its ongoing modernisation programme.
Concerns over the sustainability of the fragile criminal legal aid sector in England and Wales have forced the Law Society to prepare to launch a High Court challenge against cuts to criminal defence fees.
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Our accreditation covers all types of criminal law work and supports practitioners to qualify to apply for inclusion on local duty solicitor rotas.
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