‘Government agencies must recognise fundamental importance of defence practitioners’

A new pilot scheme that will extend opening hours in selected courts is ‘discriminatory’ against parent criminal lawyers, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association has warned, adding that the government has failed to consider how legal representation will be made available in their absence.

HM Courts & Tribunal Service plans to introduce extra sittings at civil, crown, and magistrates’ courts to increase the number of cases heard each day as part of the Ministry of Justice’s programme to transform the justice system.


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