Sarah Day reflects upon the reasons behind barristers’ recent Days of Action
As I, like many others at the criminal bar, engage in days of action, no returns and no new instructions, I have found myself reflecting on the proverb ‘do right and fear no-one’ – a proverb that encapsulates the essence of practice at the criminal Bar. Who will be there to ’do right and fear no-one’ if junior barristers cannot afford to take criminal defence work? What does the future hold for our criminal justice system if barristers are walking away from the criminal Bar? What does the future hold if the cracks in the criminal justice system are now simply too large to paper over?
What we signed up for?
I suspect I speak for more than just myself when I say I did not join the ...