Guidance from the Senior Presiding Judge and Deputy SPJ: Action by members of the Criminal Bar Association

CriminalCrown CourtSenior Presiding JudgeSir Charles Haddon-CavePractice Guidance

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This Guidance applies in respect of criminal cases in the Crown Court where action by members of the Criminal Bar Association (“the CBA action”) results in advocates refusing to accept returns, with the result that one party or more is without representation by an advocate.

It is issued in anticipation of this action beginning on 11 April 2022 and will apply for the duration of the CBA action, unless varied or withdrawn in the meantime.

The Guidance can be read in full below.