Criminal Legal Aid Review

Criminal Legal Aid Review

The MOJ is conducting a review to consider the future and long term sustainability of the criminal legal aid system.

Sir Christopher Bellamy QC is hosting 6 round table events across England and Wales to meet with criminal legal aid solicitors and hear from them directly with their concerns and input regarding the huge problems facing the criminal justice system and criminal legal aid.  The first of these meetings took place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 20th May 2021.  Newcastle Law Society arranged for the attendance of the eleven local solicitors who took part, all representing significant criminal practices in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Shields and Wallsend and including Newcastle Law Society Past President Lewis Pearson and Jonathan Cousins, the current Vice Chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association.