Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Poll: Cases disrupted at Ipswich Crown Court due to barristers’ strike

PUBLISHED: 11:38 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38 06 January 2014

Cases disrupted at Ipswich Crown Court due to barristers' strike

Cases disrupted at Ipswich Crown Court due to barristers' strike

Archant

Cases due to be heard at Ipswich Crown Court were disrupted this morning as a result of the first ever barristers’ strike.

Three courts had cases listed at 10.30am but judges in all courts were forced to adjourn the hearings until another day or until the end of the strike at 2pm.

Barristers are refusing to take part in morning sessions at Crown Courts across England and Wales in a protest at government plans to cut legal aid funding.

Barristers have chosen not to attend proceedings at courts in cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

Criminal Bar Association chair Nigel Lithman said the “strike” had the backing of almost every chambers and accused Justice Secretary Chris Grayling of “manipulating” official figures to falsely portray lawyers doing criminal aid work as high-earning “fat cats”.

The Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget by 2018/19 - reducing them by as much as 30% in the longest and most complex cases.

What do you think when you hear the phrase “Essex girl”? - writes Lauren Hockney.

Fewer vulnerable people across the region will go hungry thanks to the opening of a new food distribution hub in Ipswich.

The University of Suffolk has announced Professor Helen Langton will succeed Richard Lister OBE as vice-chancellor this summer.

The amount paid out due to medical blunders at the region’s mental health trust has increased five-fold in five years, new figures reveal.

A father-of-three suffering severe walking problems has spoken of his gratitude to surgeons at Ipswich Hospital after becoming the first patient in the east of England to receive a pioneering knee operation.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said it is “inconceivable” that the Copdock Mill interchange between the A14 and A12 south of Ipswich will not be rebuilt over the medium term.

Did your favourite show make the list?

How news savvy have you been? Test your friends and family with our quiz.

Two thousand homes have been given the go ahead in east Suffolk – in a move that could also support a new business hub attracting technology giants Apple and Facebook.

Not many seven-year-old girls can say they feature in their very own music video.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24