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Barristers join picket lines across the country

CBA chair Jo Sidhu QC addresses the crowds outside the Central Criminal Court in London – Credit @jonblackbsb

Criminal barristers joined picket lines outside court buildings across England and Wales today in protest over the government’s legal aid reforms.

The decision to down tools comes a week after barristers voted overwhelmingly in favour of days of strike action, with the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) warning that the government’s proposed fee increases will not “keep the wheels of justice turning”.

The industrial action will initially see criminal barristers down tools for two days from today, with further strikes planned for the following weeks.

The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab described the action as “regrettable” and encouraged barristers to accept what he says equates to a “15% pay rise”.

Below is round-up of some of the more eye-catching images from the first day of protests.







This article will be updated throughout the day.

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