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Time for the Direct Option?

The views of one of our members, perhaps shared by many others. Let us know

Last Orders at the Bar

The Criminal Bar is staring into the abyss; our solicitors are too. The system which we all put our heart and soul into every day is about to be smashed by a cretin who cannot conceive of the damage he is about to do; or worse doesn’t care because it will bring him personal advantage. .

I think we have to be honest; this is in part about money. This job has to pay well enough to make the sacrifices we all make worthwhile. The time we work all night and all weekend so that our kids and partners are like strangers, the traveling and the constant attempts to pay your bills whilst the LSC refuses to pay ours.

And yet there is so much more at stake here. The system is already run on a shoestring; the cuts simply cannot be borne. All of us have struggled to get…

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  1. It is clear that to avoid one part of the profession carrying the responsibility of any response that what is required is a multiplicity of responses. It must include action that will have immediate effect – simply refusing new instructions takes time to have an effect that will trouble the MOJ such as ineffective trials. In addition to the suggestions made in this blog, it seems to me we should also refuse any returns (whether new or old scheme, whether vhcc or agfs). We are no longer under any obligation to accept a return from another barrister /solicitor advocate but many many cases are returned on a daily basis. This would have an immediate and profound impact without asking any individual to ignore their professional obligations.

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