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The Criminal Bar Association exists to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the Criminal Bar in England and Wales.More about the CBA
The Criminal Bar Association exists to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the Criminal Bar in England and Wales.Recent News
This is the largest and most detailed empirical study ever conducted of the operation of section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, governing cross- examination of sexual assault complainants on their previous sexual behaviour, in trials across England and Wales.Find out more
See what the topic’s of the week are with reference to the Chair’s weekly message to members, as well as view the CBA’s responses to consultations, the latest papers, films and much more.
If you are unable to attend any of our CPD accredited events, then you will be able to watch them here and earn your CPD.
Latest film available:
The Junior Bar – May it please you? Tips from the judiciary on how to be persuasive 14.11.18View all films
The Criminal Bar Association exists to represent the views and interests of the practising members of the Criminal Bar in England and Wales.
Born of frustration and anger, the Criminal Bar Association (C.B.A.) of 1997 is unrecognisable from the body of about 100 which met in 1969 to form it. The seedsmen were Barry Hudson and Dick Lowry; the cultivators were our first two great leaders, Jeremy Hutchinson and Basil Wigoder, who were chair and vice-chair from 1969 to 1975.
We are now the largest specialist Bar association, numbering about 3,500 members over the country as a whole; the credit for all that we have done since 1969 really belongs to the members; the principal officers have been privileged and honoured to be the flag bearers.
The annual subscription is excellent value for money, and in addition to supporting the work of the CBA you will be able to access our events and publications and benefit from regular information and updates.
- Conferences, seminars and social events for members
- RASSO Training
- Criminal Bar Quarterly Magazine
- Regular email updates via the Monday Message
- Full access to website resources
"For years the criminal justice system has been held together by the professionalism and goodwill of judges, court staff and lawyers"Angela Rafferty QC
"Lack of funding in the criminal justice system has resulted in near-collapse. In my view it is now broken. We have to fix it."Angela Rafferty QC