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Felix | High noon in the criminal courts

Unlike products that can be manufactured more cheaply, lawyers acting in abuse cases will always have to deal with 
the human side, even where their pay gets cut, says Felix

14 June 2013

High Summer; High Noon; the battle lines are drawn, the weather hits the heights, reports of buses carrying adverts for Stobart Law are heard. Now everyone seems joined in the fray - the Bar, with its notoriously indolent and disorganised individual membership, has managed to rouse itself to attend meetings, sign petitions, write letters; the circuit judges have been moved to express their concerns publicly; the Bar Standards Board has spoken out; the circuits are as one. Solicitors and barristers for the first time ever regard each other as brothers and sisters in arms. Even retired judges are out and about. Meanwhile the government says there is no problem.

The saddest thing about the whole debate is the fact that the recognition for the need to save money is clearly and undisputedly established. This is ignored by those who support the government line, and the very sensible and practical proposals that have been made and offered to match the savings soug...

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