Legal Profession: Industrial Action

Attorney-General written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions were delayed due to the 6 January 2014 walk out by solicitors and barristers.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not maintain central detailed records of the impact of the non-attendance of solicitors and self-employed barristers on each case listed in magistrates courts and the Crown court on the morning of 6 January.

The action of solicitors and barristers not to attend court on the morning of 6 January caused some trials and interlocutory hearings listed in the morning to be delayed until the afternoon. The action caused delay of about two and half hours to the commencement of trials listed in the morning, where the start was delayed until the afternoon. The delay to interlocutory hearings listed on the morning of 6 January would have had no material impact on the overall progress of those prosecutions.

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