Solicitors to protest outside court at legal aid changes

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A minute’s silence will be staged outside Calderdale Magistrates Court tomorrow (Tuesday) by solicitors and barristers in protest at the Government’s changes to Legal Aid.

The Ministry of Justice is proposing to cut £220 million from its budget, which would see the number of legal aid firms fall from 1,600 to 400.

People with an annual household disposable income of more than £37,500 will lose any entitlement to legal aid.

Solicitor Imran Younis, from Hurrairah Harris in Halifax, said: “We are protesting against the attempted murder of the right to choose a solicitor when a person has been accused of something they may or may not have done.

“This will result in more guilty pleas because people will not be able to afford a fair trial and more miscarriages of justice because people won’t know what their rights are.”

Proceedings at Calderdale Magistrates Court were affected last month when hundreds of solicitors and barristers staged a mass protest outside Parliament.

The minute’s silence will take place at 9.59am tomorrow.