– Ministry of Justice spokesperson
At around £2billion a year we have one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world, and it would remain very generous even after reform.
We entirely agree lawyers should be paid fairly for their work, and believe our proposals do just that. We also agree legal aid is a vital part of our justice system - that's why we have to find efficiencies to ensure it remains sustainable and available to those most in need of a lawyer.
Criminal courts across Wales will be disrupted today as Barristers and Solicitors walk out in protest over cuts to legal aid.
The UK Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to save £220 million from the legal aid budget by 2018 / 2019.
The Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) Nigel Lithman says the cuts pose the most serious threat to the British legal system in over four hundred years.
It's thought to be the first time in history that lawyers have refused to attend court in protest.