Solicitors stage protest outside court

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A minute’s silence was held outside Calderdale Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday) in protest over proposed changes to legal aid.

Solicitors and barristers stood outside the court at 9.59am as part of a nationwode campaign by members of the legal profession against plans by the Ministry of Justice to cut £220 million from the legal aid budget.

One minute of silence to protest against changes to legal aid outside Calderdale Magistrates Court.

One minute of silence to protest against changes to legal aid outside Calderdale Magistrates Court.

The planned changes could see competitive tendering in contracts to provide lawyers for defendants in criminal trials, with haulage firm Eddie Stobart one of the companies set to bid for the contracts.

Solicitor Mark Baxendale read out a statement in front of the court, saying: “What does Eddie Stobart know about the criminal justice system? Truck off Eddie Stobart.

“Our system is admired the world over and is the cornerstone of our civilisation.”