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Statement from Members of Kenworthy’s Crime Team

by Kenworthy's Chambers 04/04/2018

The members of Kenworthy's Chambers have each decided that we will fully support the action recommended by the Criminal Bar Association and will further petition the CBA to increase and accelerate any other action necessary to protect the criminal justice system in this country.

Therefore, no member of Kenworthy's Chambers Crime Team will be accepting new cases under legal aid representation orders issued after 1st April 2018.

The criminal justice system exists to protect the public and maintain the rule of law. Over the past 20 years, the criminal justice system has been subject to repeated cuts to funding in all areas and has only been maintained through the goodwill of all those involved in it. However, the members of Chambers feel that the further changes are simply unsustainable and we will be active in seeking to highlight the crisis in underfunding whenever possible.

This action is not taken lightly. As barristers, we act to protect the rights of others when they are in jeopardy and it is for that reason that we are adopting these measures.

For further information, please contact Maria Rushworth, Practice Manager on 0161 832 4036