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Day of Action 7 March 2014

For too long the publicly funded arm of the legal profession has been squeezed and squeezed. Every time there are cuts we are told that there will be no more. That has simply been untrue.

We have all eagerly awaited the MOJ's decision as to how it intended to try and take greater control of us.

Following the MOJ's (eventual) announcement regarding the provision of Legal Aid funding we now know that the MOJ intends to destroy two thirds of the Solicitors firms and cut our fees across the board. Not to the trailed percentages but in practical terms to a level where many will no longer be able to continue to practise solely in this area of work.

The Criminal Bar Association has therefore asked barristers and solicitors to consider whether to participate in a further Day of Action on 7 March 2014.

Individual members of Devon Chambers have reflected upon the MOJ's published position and will not be attending court on 7 March 2014 in accordance with the CBA's protocol.

In addition, the CBA has asked that for a period of four weeks (following 7 March) members of the Bar consider not accepting "returns". We all undertand that this will cause some inevitable disruption but these are unprecendented times where doing nothing is no longer an option.

It is for individuals to choose whether to take part in this and any other future forms of protest. The individuals at Devon Chambers have decided to support this action.

Further information can be found on the Criminal Bar Association website. The site is regularly updated and includes guidance regarding both 7 March and the "no returns" policy.

If you have any questions regarding anything to do with these issues please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Devon Chambers' Clerking Team.