Legal aid

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UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial
The woman’s case is among thousands that have been affected by a record-breaking backlog of hearings likely to increase amid barrister strikes

Hannah Summers

24, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Barristers in England and Wales stage first five-day strike over legal aid funding
Members of Criminal Bar Association take fight for a 25% rise in legal aid fees to parliament

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

18, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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London lawyers refuse legal aid jobs in dispute over fees
Cases rejected include assaults on health workers and harrassment offences

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

03, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Criminal barristers’ pay offer in the dock | Letter
Letter: Their average earnings are less than half those of a GP, says Andrew Gore

Letters

01, Jul, 2022 @4:49 PM

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Criminal barristers begin strike in row over legal aid fees
The CBA says the offer of a 15% uplift in fees is insufficient and is calling for a 25% rise to make up for years of funding cuts

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

27, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Why are criminal barristers in England and Wales striking and what will be the impact?
The series of strikes over a legal aid funding row comes amid a huge backlog of cases in the crown courts

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

27, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘I wouldn’t have the money to pay a lawyer’: tenants left without means to sue rogue landlords
New rules on fixed recoverable legal costs mean solicitors will no longer be able to afford to take on housing cases

Hannah Fearn

26, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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UK summer of unrest? Strikes in the air from barristers to NHS
Several professions could be about to follow rail workers in striking, but reasons and plans vary

Peter Walker Political correspondent

20, Jun, 2022 @2:45 PM

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Criminal barristers vote to go on strike in row over legal aid
Walkouts in England and Wales from next week come amid ‘record backlog’ at crown courts

Caroline Davies

20, Jun, 2022 @11:37 AM

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Court support service under threat as Ministry of Justice pulls funding
Exclusive: Support Through Court, which helps people unable to afford lawyers, warns of ‘devastating impact’

Emily Dugan

19, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I’m desperate’: the Britons facing court alone who rely on helpline support
Support Through Court’s small team of volunteers took over 13,000 calls in last financial year

Emily Dugan

19, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Thousands of victims of violent and sexual crime stuck in England and Wales court backlog
Sevenfold rise in those waiting at least a year for cases to be heard as lawyers quit over cuts in legal aid

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

18, Jun, 2022 @11:49 AM

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