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CBA Chairmans’s Message – 16.09.14

CBA Chairman’s Message:
Tony Cross QC

Tuesday 16 September 2014


E: [email protected]
T: 07860 692693

I’m sure that many of you will already know that Government last week laid a statutory instrument that addresses one of the greatest iniquities in the GFS arrangements.

From October 2nd in cases where the prosecution offers no evidence following election on an either way offence, such cases will be paid by way of a graduated fee rather than the fixed fee of £194.  This change was trailed on page 49 of ‘Transforming Legal Aid – Next Steps: Government Response’ of February 2014. 

I applaud the Ministry of Justice for making this change.

Meanwhile Simon Csoka QC and I are moving forward as quickly as possible with the urgent problem of the service of electronic evidence.

Finally and importantly, please, please please, complete the Rivlin group survey HERE.  It is your chance to provide the information that will help secure the future of the independent criminal bar.  It is crucial that we have a large number of responses.  Do it today.


Tony Cross QC

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