The criminal justice system is on the brink of collapse after a decade of underfunding and needs urgent intervention, a Law Society report has concluded.

The Society has called for a criminal legal aid task force made up of solicitors, barristers, prosecutors and the judiciary to help improve the system.

The report uncovers a system at breaking point with every part of the process floundering, resulting in injustice and preventing access to justice.

Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “Unsurprisingly, it is those on lower and middle incomes who bear the greatest burden.”

A significant pressure highlighted by the report is the growing shortage of criminal duty solicitors who are on average 4...

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