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Courts 'effectively inoperable' due to nationwide walk-out

Barristers across England and Wales will walk out of work this morning to protest against government cuts to legal aid. The chair of the Criminal Bar Association predicted the move would render courts 'effectively inoperable'.

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Walk-out by barristers will 'not jeopardise trials'

The Criminal Bar Association has insisted today's action will not jeopardise trials, but warned that future trials could be at risk if the issue was not resolved.

It has been careful to call the walk out a "non-attendance" rather than a strike.

There will also be protests outside courts in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

The Bar Standards Board has warned that any barristers who stay away from court will almost certainly be in breach of their professional code of conduct with "very serious consequences".

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