Catherine Baksi interviewed the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice – interesting and well worth a read.
The demonstration and #SaveUKJustice campaign on Twitter is not about ‘fatcat lawyers’ – indeed, many criminal lawyers make a very modest living by providing representation and advice in the field of criminal law – it is about access to justice, the right to choose a solicitor, the right to a fair trial, the right to be treated fairly by the state.
Many bloggers have written on the subject. Patrick Torsney has a comprehensive listing of blogs written by lawyers and others from the legal blogging community.
The Guardian was quick to report: Lawyers protest outside parliament against legal aid cuts
Hundreds, some wearing wigs and gowns, demonstrate against justice secretary’s plans, which they say undermine UK justice
The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) provides pictures of the event on their Facebook page
I did a podcast interview with Michael Turner QC recently: Tour Report #21: Podcast with Michael Turner QC, Chairman of The Criminal Bar Association, on the legal aid reforms
The demonstration generated a great many tweets and you may follow them here
I provide a few…
I am doing a podcast interview with ex-MP and barrister Jerry Hayes (pictured below) about the demonstration – and the need for it – on Friday. Jerry is a good speaker and will, I feel sure, be robust and direct in expressing his views!
The reforms to legal aid will impact on the legal profession, but as wiser heads than mine have observed – lawyers can get other jobs. Will a person in need be able to afford representation, let alone get a good lawyer if the good lawyers are forced to move away from practice within the field of criminal law?
PLEASE SIGN the petition so that Mr Grayling has to answer before Parliament for his ill conceived reform plans.