Heads of chambers from the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) met last night to discuss the government’s offer. A ballot asking the CBA’s 4,000 members for their opinion is to open next week, with a result is expected on 11 June.
If members accept the offer it will bring an end to the protest action. However, if it is rejected it is expected that the currently suspended ‘no returns’ escalation will come into force.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has offered to put an extra £15 million into the advocates graduated fee scheme (AGFS), which determines how criminal advocates are remunerated in legal aid cases.