PLEASE REMEMBER AS YOU READ THIS THAT I TOTALLY SUPPORT THE BAR ACTION PLUS LAWFUL PROPORTIONATE CAREFUL ACTION BY THE OTHER PARTS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION.
I WAS I NON LAWYER WHO WENT TO LINCOLNS INN FOR THE CBA DELEGATES CONFERENCE. I HAD NO WIG AND GOWN!! MY NAME WAS ON THE LIST AND I WAS MADE WELCOME, WELCOME,WELCOME.
MY POSITION IS NOTHING MORE THAT SUPPORTING ALL ACTIONS BY CBA PLUS OTHER PARTS OF SAVE UK JUSTICE TAKING ACTION TO SAVE UK JUSTICE IE JUSTICE ALLIANCE, SAVE UK JUSTICE ETC.
I am an Non Lawyer who everyone on Sawve UK Justice knows and think you make some valid points ie we, as in Lawyers and us Non Lawyers standing with them are between a rock and hard place. This place is difficult at the best of times and might cause the divisions you so rightfully fear this could go so easily wrong when we must work collectively to overturn the critical balance where the Government is forced to acknowledge us because there is no other option.
There are problems galore real nightmare scenarios. You are right to have the courage to draw our attention to these just as the CBA was big enough to publish your comments in a CBA blog post.
My thoughts as an humble Non Lawyer at the beginning of my journey in Law and Law for Campaigning purposes are this: LET THESE WARNINGS BE A SPUR TO US TO SEE WORST CASE SCENARIO IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES AND FRAME OUR RESPONSE ACCORDINGLY. IE LET US WORK TO GET PUBLIC OVER ( I have noticed two schools on this to engage is fruitless/fruitful), LET US (nay even us NON Lawyers get our colleagues/fellow would be Comrades over to our side eg the Civil side POST LASPO affected Law);
LET US WORK TO KEEP OUR UNITY THAT HAS WE NOW HAVE AND SEEK TO DEVELOP IT. I would use novel means eg Non Lawyers in places with people not been before to refreshing thinking made stale by the genociding of the Profession). WE CAN USE ALL MEANS AND THEN SOME AT OUR DISPOSAL. PARTIES ETC We can be creative. We can also monitor
the effects so far.
You are so right to point these mission-critical points to us. It is part of your dignity as a QC who totally rightly wants to see College of Trial advocacy in the Inns of Court to deal with the QASA threat.
But as has been stated many times before with pay issues preventing skilled and experienced lawyers come into Legal aid work and a hemorrhaging of the Legal aided Criminal Bar where REAL ADVOCACY IS LEARNT the Profession has had enough and the Government must be forced to listen done rightly of course as befits the Legal Profession.
My very best to you Nigel
Kate Non Lawyer #saveukjustice
who went to the CBA Delegates Conference at Lincolns Inn a Non Lawyer and Lawyerly First!!!!!!!!