Defence practitioners are on the verge of ‘extinction’, the Law Society president warned today.

He was responding to the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) publication of a package of interim proposals following the criminal legal aid review, which was announced in December 2018.

The Law Society said the so-called accelerated items proposed by government are not adequate to match the scale of the problem.

It also warned that the criminal legal aid system is doomed to spiral into an even greater crisis unless the MoJ’s plans are urgently rethought. Justice could fall apart, it said.

The Society’s urgent warnings came despite a proposed increase in criminal legal aid funding amounting to betwe...

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