Tearful lawyers weep at court pickets as they line up for pay

Around 50 lawyers lined up outside the Old Bailey in London alone to fund legal aid, with many of those gathered wearing robes and wigs

Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which represents barristers in England and Wales, outside Leeds Combined Court
Criminal Attorneys at Leeds Combined Court

Lawyers have joined the picket line today as they tearfully walk out to strike over funding for legal aid.

It comes as RMT members went on strike for three days last week, meaning many train services have been canceled and a vote by BT workers could wreak havoc on people working from home.

Teachers, garbage workers, doctors and postal workers could also go on strike over wages and working conditions over the summer.

About 50 barristers gathered outside the Old Bailey in London this morning (Monday 27 June) as the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association claimed barristers are “poor people” when it comes to the legal system.

Many of those gathered wore robes and wigs, the reports Daily Mail.

Lawyers get emotional after hearing speeches during a protest over funding outside Manchester Crown Court


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Lawyers also burst into tears outside Manchester Crown Court. Other crowds gathered outside courts in the cities of Bristol and Birmingham.

“Raabed of Justice. Pay for criminal cash robbery in daylight,” read a sign held up with a list of demands.

Jo Sidhu QC, Chairman of the CBA, said: “Right now we are in the midst of a crisis of epic proportions, the likes of which has never afflicted this country before and which has almost brought the system we all love to a halt.

“Last year we lost another 300 criminal lawyers, why? Because they could no longer do this job on their salary and for the hours they could toil.”

“We are not a privileged species, we are the poor of the justice system.”

Criminal lawyers in first of several days of consecutive court strikes by CBA members over legal aid funding



He added: “Every single one of the men and women standing here today and across the country is making a decision that they want to serve the public as prosecutors, as defendants, to bring about justice.

“And they have put in their time, effort and hours to do so, but we have no respect from a Department of Justice who would expect us to carry on with no sense for the long-term survival of our industry.”

The Independent Review of Legal Criminal Aid, conducted by Sir Christopher Bellamy, found that the average fee income before expenses for a self-appointed full practice lawyer was £79,800 in 2020.

For the average full practice junior criminal solicitor his profit is £58,300.

The average revenue for the sector as a whole, after allowing for costs, is between £55,900 and £63,900.

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