Solicitors against legal aid cuts in no-show at Chesterfield court

Chesterfield Magistrates Court

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Many concerned solicitors declined to attend courts across the region yesterday over proposed £220m Government cuts to legal aid.

The Government is proposing to introduce cuts that could see fees fall by up to 30per cent and reduce representation for defendants but the Ministry of Justice has argued changes are necessary to remain efficient and to keep legal aid sustainable.

Many solicitors stayed away from Chesterfield magistrates’ court on Monday morning as they opted to pursue other work in protest against Government plans being phased in from April to cut the annual sum spent on legal aid by £220m.


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