The leaders of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions in England and Wales have stated they will not support "any steps to remove the right to jury trials".

In a joint statement, the Law Society president and the chair of the Bar Council expressed alarm at the case backlog in the criminal justice system and said the rule of law must "not be undermined" in the attempts to keep the justice system afloat.

The Society’s president Simon Davis and Bar Council chair Amanda Pinto QC said: “Justice is being delayed for victims and defendants, who have proceedings hanging over them for months, if not years.”

They acknowledge that these problems are not new but are e...

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