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Monday Message 30.03.20

Chair’s Update:
Caroline Goodwin QC

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Howard League Letter:

Please see this joint letter  supporting Judicial Decision Concerning Children in the Criminal Courts in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) COVID-19 Survey:

The YLAL are keen to build a strong evidence base of the virus’ impact on their members’ professional lives.  Please assist and complete the survey.

CBA CPD Courses:

We have reduced CPD accredited videos going back 24 months via our website to a zero cost.  We hope this will assist members who wish to catch up on CPD during this uncertain time.

CBA Spring Conference – RASSO:

From Tracy Ayling QC, CBA Director of Education.

I am sorry to announce that the forthcoming CBA Education Conference booked for 16th May 2020 is cancelled. I am sure that this comes as no surprise. The Education Committee is exploring alternative ways to deliver Rasso Training. 

In the meantime, the CPS have extended the deadline by 12 months and will shortly be in touch with you via the advocates panel. 

Please stay safe

CBA Annual Subscriptions:

The annual subscriptions will be collected as usual on 20th April or via your chambers, where applicable.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (ISS):

An informal webinar Q&A is being scheduled shortly.  The time and date is yet to be confirmed but if you would be interested, please email Aaron to be added to a list and he will progress this forward once things are in place.

Wellbeing – Book Giveaway:
Mindfulness, Gillian Higgins (Barrister, 9 Bedford Row).

The world can be a noisy place. There are constant demands, nagging complaints and decisions to be made. Technology is now setting the pace and we are struggling to keep up. We need time-out and a moment to breathe. So how can we achieve this?

Written by an international barrister Gillian Higgins, who uses mindfulness in all aspects of her life, and referencing the latest scientific research, Mindfulness at Work and Home is a down-to-earth beginners’ guide to mindfulness. As the founder of Practical Meditation, Gillian has pioneered work in mindfulness amongst her professional peers, rapidly building a reputation as a leader in the field. The book is packed with simple hints, tips, quotes, answers to frequently asked questions and Gillian’s tried and tested practices, with links to her own recorded meditations.

Gillian also tackles some of the bigger issues such as how mindfulness can help us to reduce stress, increase focus, tame our inner critical voice, overcome fear, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

This accessible guide also contains personal insights and advice taken from Gillian’s own practice and suggestions on how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.
Practical Meditation (

The first ten members to email Aaron will be sent a copy within the next fortnight.

Useful Links:

Financial Support Measures

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (ISS)

Custody Time Limit Cases – Process and Application

HMCTS daily operational summary

Courts and Tribunals tracker page and list – check before you travel

HMCTS Keeping court and tribunal buildings safe, secure and clean

BSB Statement – 27.03.20

Prioritising custody cases – Messsage to the Presiding and Resident Judges 

Onwards and upwards

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