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The results of our survey in January were resoundingly clear: 94% of criminal barristers who responded demanded that, by 14th February, the Secretary of State for Justice should give an undertaking that he would provide his full response to CLAR and complete any consultation process by the end of March. You were unequivocal that you would be prepared to take action if he failed to give such an undertaking.

The deadline has now passed and we have received no undertaking. Following a meeting of the CBA Executive this evening it has therefore been resolved that we will now proceed to a ballot for action to be issued on 28th February.

I will set out the position of the CBA in detail in my next Monday Message on 21st February.

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