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Short Update: The infrastructure of the criminal bar is at “immediate mortal risk” according to The England and Wales Criminal Bar Association

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer, Court closures

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) of England and Wales has said that “the infrastructure of the criminal bar” is at “immediate mortal risk”. 

The CBA believes that the government’s measures will not be sufficient to protect many sets of criminal chambers which are in danger of collapsing, and have been lobbying for a relief plan for the bar. 

The CBA have said that they have secured improved advance hardship payments, and are lobbying for the Government’s self-employment scheme to include junior barristers. However, the Ministry of Justice has rejected their request to furlough fee paid judges, as well as a request to provide PPE immediately to all practitioners. 

The CBA have demanded that government commits funding to ensure maximum court capacity and sitting days post-crisis, in order to deal with the backlog of cases, as well as ensuring that courts are clean and safe.  

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