3 December 2015 -
The Chairman-Elect of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC responded today to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement that the criminal courts charge will be scrapped. She said:
“The Bar Council welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Justice to scrap the criminal courts charge. The charge created a perverse incentive to plead guilty, negated the principle of judicial discretion, reduced compensation awards and was never likely to raise the funds anticipated.