East Lancashire barristers walk out over cuts to legal aid

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Tony Cross QC speaks at Preston Tony Cross QC speaks at Preston

DOZENS of criminal court cases were disrupted yesterday after barristers staged a walk out in protest over cuts to legal aid.

All crown courts and several magistrates courts in England and Wales were affected by the day of action, and severe disruption was caused at both Burnley and Preston crown courts.

The lawyers took part in the ‘mass non-attendance’ betweem 10am and 2pm in protest at plans to slash legal aid fees by up to 30 per cent.

Solicitors also joined the protest, the first of its kind in British legal history, and a crowd gathered outside Preston crown court to voice their opposition to the government’s plans.

Organised by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) the half-day walk-out was held on the first normal working day of 2014 – one of the busiest days in the legal calendar.

Tony Cross QC, vice chairman of the CBA, who is a Burnley season ticket holder, joined the lawyers in Preston.

He read a statement from the CBA said: “Our system of justice is the envy of the world but gradually over time it has become starved of resources.

“Those who practice in crime are treated with contempt by this government. Now the very future of our criminal justice system is in jeopardy by the imposition of savage cuts to funding.”

Clitheroe-based barrister Ken Hind said: “Legal Aid is a pillar of the welfare state providing those who cannot it afford it with high class legal services to protect them from dominant powers. All this will be put at risk by proposed changes in legal aid.”

A court service spokesperson said the walkout was ‘manageable’ and with ‘limited’ impact.

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5:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid.

If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all.

Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.
Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid. If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime. Excluded again
  • Score: 13

5:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

So why should people who work hard and pay their taxes bother to turn up for jury service to find the lawyers have walked out ?
So why should people who work hard and pay their taxes bother to turn up for jury service to find the lawyers have walked out ? disgusted tunbridge wells
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Excluded again wrote:
Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid.

If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all.

Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.
Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid. If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.[/p][/quote]Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -1

6:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

jack01 says...

Tony Cross QC is a Burnley season ticket holder? He was a Rovers season ticket holder in the late 1980's when I started going. I used to stand near him on the Blackburn end!
Tony Cross QC is a Burnley season ticket holder? He was a Rovers season ticket holder in the late 1980's when I started going. I used to stand near him on the Blackburn end! jack01
  • Score: -1

6:18pm Tue 7 Jan 14

denidenideni says...

Greed
Greed denidenideni
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

coates warder says...

looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over
looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over coates warder
  • Score: 2

9:22pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

I can't see there being much public support for this lot! What does a 30% wage cut mean to a barrister? Would he have to buy a Jag instead of a Bentley?
I can't see there being much public support for this lot! What does a 30% wage cut mean to a barrister? Would he have to buy a Jag instead of a Bentley? Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: -1

9:34pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Pan-cake says...

disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
So why should people who work hard and pay their taxes bother to turn up for jury service to find the lawyers have walked out ?
If you took the trouble to read the story, you will see it's the first time action like this has been taken. And only from 10 till 2. So hardly much inconvenience for you to get worked up about..
[quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: So why should people who work hard and pay their taxes bother to turn up for jury service to find the lawyers have walked out ?[/p][/quote]If you took the trouble to read the story, you will see it's the first time action like this has been taken. And only from 10 till 2. So hardly much inconvenience for you to get worked up about.. Pan-cake
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Pan-cake says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid.

If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all.

Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.
Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in.
Your last sentence suggests you lack understanding about the law and the function of lawyers. Who would you prefer to speak for you if you were facing a few years in clink?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid. If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.[/p][/quote]Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in.[/p][/quote]Your last sentence suggests you lack understanding about the law and the function of lawyers. Who would you prefer to speak for you if you were facing a few years in clink? Pan-cake
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Good call says...

All those knocking barristers and legal aid, what will you do when you need representation, all it could take is an over zealous policeman, a person screaming "racism" after hearing you voice your opinion, a witness mistakenly identifying you or a false accusation of a sex offence and it could be you up in the dock with your liberty at stake.
All those knocking barristers and legal aid, what will you do when you need representation, all it could take is an over zealous policeman, a person screaming "racism" after hearing you voice your opinion, a witness mistakenly identifying you or a false accusation of a sex offence and it could be you up in the dock with your liberty at stake. Good call
  • Score: 8

9:44pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Pan-cake says...

coates warder wrote:
looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over
If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over[/p][/quote]If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament. Pan-cake
  • Score: 6

11:55pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid.

If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all.

Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.
Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in.
Your last sentence suggests you lack understanding about the law and the function of lawyers. Who would you prefer to speak for you if you were facing a few years in clink?
If I was guilty no one, if I was innocent I have faith in our justice system.
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid. If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.[/p][/quote]Barristers are milking this country for every penny, claiming Human Rights when someone kills a child is just one of many examples, we are having cut backs all over the country but these Leaches will suck blood for every last penny. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty and if they don't want the work someone else will step in.[/p][/quote]Your last sentence suggests you lack understanding about the law and the function of lawyers. Who would you prefer to speak for you if you were facing a few years in clink?[/p][/quote]If I was guilty no one, if I was innocent I have faith in our justice system. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -2

11:58pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Pan-cake wrote:
coates warder wrote:
looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over
If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament.
I agree with these comments, the Lawyers will now have to work within the new guidelines, ie do your job for less money like the rest of us.
Welcome to the real world we all live in.
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over[/p][/quote]If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament.[/p][/quote]I agree with these comments, the Lawyers will now have to work within the new guidelines, ie do your job for less money like the rest of us. Welcome to the real world we all live in. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 0

8:37am Wed 8 Jan 14

shytalk says...

Excluded again wrote:
Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid.

If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all.

Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.
I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whilst I'm not overly concerned about barristers or lawyers, i am worried about these cuts to legal aid. If by some mistake i am accused of a crime i didn't commit, then I want a good lawyer. Not a cheap lawyer or no lawyer at all. Legal aid is the protection all of us not wealthy enough to afford a good lawyer that we will have proper representation if we are accused of some crime.[/p][/quote]I rest my case. shytalk
  • Score: 2

9:17am Wed 8 Jan 14

Longside1882 says...

jack01 wrote:
Tony Cross QC is a Burnley season ticket holder? He was a Rovers season ticket holder in the late 1980's when I started going. I used to stand near him on the Blackburn end!
That's a bare faced lie there seeing as you weren't alive until the 90's
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Tony Cross QC is a Burnley season ticket holder? He was a Rovers season ticket holder in the late 1980's when I started going. I used to stand near him on the Blackburn end![/p][/quote]That's a bare faced lie there seeing as you weren't alive until the 90's Longside1882
  • Score: 4

3:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

midas says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Pan-cake wrote:
coates warder wrote: looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over
If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament.
I agree with these comments, the Lawyers will now have to work within the new guidelines, ie do your job for less money like the rest of us. Welcome to the real world we all live in.
or they don't do criminal work and go into other areas of law. If you have brains and talent why would you do criminal law?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coates warder[/bold] wrote: looks like the gravy train is coming to an end for these overpaid leeches.they are worse than a family of 10 who demand a bigger house and want more kids.they have had it far too easy to take the tax payers money on stupid cases like keeping convicted rapists and murderers in this country when they should be sent home after serving their jail term.and they use your hard earned tax money to do it. rant over[/p][/quote]If you are worried about rapist etc not being packed off home then blame our Governments past and present - they make the laws. The lawyers just work within those guidelines made by Parliament.[/p][/quote]I agree with these comments, the Lawyers will now have to work within the new guidelines, ie do your job for less money like the rest of us. Welcome to the real world we all live in.[/p][/quote]or they don't do criminal work and go into other areas of law. If you have brains and talent why would you do criminal law? midas
  • Score: 0

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