... The criminal justice system sits on the cliff edge. As barristers who have committed our lives to the public service of defending and prosecuting in criminal cases, we have been shabbily treated in the past by government. We are hoping for a new relationship with government and hope treatment will not be shabby moving forwards. Without sufficient barristers to prosecute and defend cases, victims not only will not see justice delivered but also will not hear verdicts and sentences pronounced, nor touch closure. And the meetings last week also showed how stressed we have become as a profession...
The result of the ballot on the offer made by Government is: “Do you accept the offer from the MOJ as set out in the accompanying proposal document and therefore vote to suspend the action?”
- Yes – 1488 (57.12%)
- No – 1117 (42.88%)
- Total Votes – 2605
Therefore, the action is suspended from 17.00hrs this evening. The Criminal Bar has voted to accept the proposal made by the Government.