Courts across England and Wales fell silent this past Monday as criminal barristers and solicitors walked out in protest against recent plans unveiled by the government to cut legal aid.
Courts across the country, in cities such as London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Preston, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester were closed and hearings were postponed or cancelled as both solicitors and barristers gathered at the entrances in protest against the upcoming legal aid cuts.
However, the Ministry of Justice were quick to claim that the protest caused minimal disruption to the court system across England and Wales. The hardest hit was the Old Bailey court in the heart of London which, on Monday, had only one of its eighteen courts open as hearings were abandoned by barristers and solicitors.
The legal aid cuts were first announced last year after months of speculations and many solicitors and barristers believe they will leave the innocent unprotected as fewer individuals will be able to afford the costs involved in criminal matters.
While our solicitors in Slough do not handle criminal matters we do specialise in POCA law. To find out more about our POCA law matters please visit our specialist POCA law website or call us on 01753 486 777.
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Our Solicitors in Slough can be contacted by calling 01753 486 777 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can visit our offices at 135 High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1DN.