Professor Chris Bones considers CILEX practitioners in criminal legal aid work

Outlining “the most ambitious reform of criminal legal aid in decades”, in March the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) put forward changes to the sector that include plans to “give more people the opportunity to forge a career in criminal law, whatever their background” and remove barriers for CILEX members working in criminal law.

The move was part of a package of measures that formed the government’s response to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s independent review of criminal legal aid (CLAIR) that also included a pledge of up to £135m extra funding for the sector.

While debate still rages over the extent to which government’s new commitments meet the CLAIR recommendations, CILEX bo...

Professor Chris Bones

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