81.5 per cent of barristers voted to strike
The Criminal Bar Association announced yesterday (20 June) that, following a ballot, criminal barristers had voted to take strike action from Monday 27 June over a lack of funding for the criminal justice system.
The ballot ran for eight days from 11 June. 2,055 barristers voted, with 81.5 per cent voting for days of action. Further, of those who voted for days of action, the majority of the votes (53.4 per cent) favoured the highest form of escalation, namely days of action combined with both no returns and not accepting new instructions.
This means from 27 June onwards, barristers may refuse instructions for cases in which they are not already instructed, but may continue to accept instructions concerning cases in which the...