Legal professionals protest against cuts to the legal aid budget outside Southwark Crown Court in London
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Criminal lawyers stage action against cuts to legal aid

Thousands of criminal case lawyers are not attending courts in a number of cities in England and Wales, in protest at planned cuts of £220m to legal aid.

The Criminal Bar Association said the unprecedented action came with anger at "boiling point".

Lawyers argue the cuts could see their fees fall by up to 30% and reduce the representation available to defendants.

Clive Coleman reports.

  • 06 Jan 2014
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