Lawyers lose duty solicitors appeal

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Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Lawyers have lost their Court of Appeal battle against Government plans to cut by more than half the number of duty solicitors attending magistrates’ courts and police stations in England and Wales.

Solicitors’ organisations argued that the proposals to reduce the number of contracts up for tender from 1,600 to 527 had “serious defects” and were a threat to access to justice for many, especially the vulnerable.

But today appeal judges Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls, and Lord Justice Elias and Lord Justice Sales dismissed their appeal.

Lord Dyson said the court did not accept that Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, had made the errors alleged.

The ruling was a defeat for the Law Society, the body representing solicitors, which brought the appeal with the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association.

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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