Which cases are affected?

The action is about crown court cases where the legal aid order is dated on or after 1 April 2018. Work on all other cases will continue as before.

Are all criminal barristers on strike?

Early indications are that the majority of chambers are supporting the strike action, with decisions still pending in some areas. Inevitably there will be some barristers still willing to accept cases. At the moment solicitors are not involved in any co-ordinated action so it is not clear whether solicitor advocates (who can act in crown court cases) will remain available. There may also be representation offered by the Public Defender Service.

Will it affect me?

It is highly likely that we will struggle to find suitable representation in crown court cases. We must act in your best interests, and this means only using barristers and advocates who have the requisite experience for the case. While there may be some advocates available, we need to ensure that they can work to the very highest standards that we as solicitors expect. We cannot therefore accept on your behalf anyone who just happens to be available.

Will a judge order a case to go ahead with me not being represented?

No, that will not happen. For as long as the action continues we will work to properly manage your case until the dispute is resolved.

How we can assist

If you have any concerns or simply to discuss any aspect of your case, please contact Rob Barley Tel: 01502 533020 or email: r-barley@nortonpeskett.co.uk

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