War on the Bar
The CBA have been totally right to engage with those of their Colleagues expressing doubts and misgivings about the forthcoming Nationwide Bar Action, it indicates integrity, a willingless to have one’s most cherished beliefs questioned and a desire to have one’s arguments or ‘args’ scrutinized. It takes great humility when the Criminal Bar is under unprecedented financial and mission-critical pressures to do so because it acknowledges that Consensus won totally laudably IMHO can be subject to collective forensic self examination
So trust the MOJ to come up with Canards ahead of the Action!
I think we can fairly rely on the MOJ to do what it can to undermine The Bar under the pretext that it wishes to provide a Service via ABS’s , Stobart et al and that it professes noble aims in it’s claims to wish to cut down excessive costs for which the Bar is blamed. Eg VHCC Costs which is how Justice is served. And the very few high earning QC’s.
The MOJ makes the most of public ignorance as to WHY these costs are incurred and seeks to eliminate the causes of the problem ie make VHCC’s so QCs can’t afford to do them.
We must be doing the right thing for the MOJ which under #failinggrayling #flailinggrayling to attack us in so mendacious a fashion.
Ahead of Monday’s action (reminder: which I reluctantly support), the MoJ has published an “Ad Hoc Statistical Release”. Its purpose is clearly to prejudice readers, which will include the media, against the Bar. As such it is a disgusting piece of work – a Ministry should not seek to argue a political case against a group of private citizens at all, still less by the use of data obtained in an effort to promote ‘efficiency’. The counter-argument is that everyone is entitled to “the truth”. Alas, that argument cannot properly be deployed in this case because:
- These figures have not previously been released. They have not been reviewed by any neutral body and have not previously been thought necessary.
- However, the MoJ says that “These data are released to address the public interest in the area and provides [sic] improvements to previous published figures that will add to the additional…
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