Bar strike: what you need to know

Since April, hundreds of lawyers have embraced ‘no return’ as part of a push for the government to raise rates by 25%.

On Friday, June 14, CBA members voted in favor of an escalation of measures, including:

  • court walkouts
  • refusal to accept further instructions
  • no return

The action is expected to intensify the pressure and existing backlogs in the courts.

We’ve updated our advice for lawyers during the CBA strike.

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Strike days

The first walkout will begin on Monday, June 27.

The “days of action” will intensify each week, culminating in a five-day strike from Monday July 18 to Friday July 22.

The action will then be suspended for a week before resuming on August 1 with a five-day walkout.

The lawyers will come out every two weeks subject to a satisfactory response from the government.

Fee increase for September 2022

Justice Minister James Cartlidge has confirmed that the government plans to table secondary legislation by July 21 which will pave the way for criminal legal aid fee increases to come into force by the end of September.

Listen to James Cartlidge address the Gazette

Decisive year for criminal defense

We continue to press the government to announce further fee increases to meet the minimum 15% increase for lawyers recommended in the independent review of criminal legal aid.

“This is a watershed moment for the future of the beleaguered criminal justice system,” said Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce.

“The short-term impact of direct action will pale in the face of the permanent departure of ever more criminal defense attorneys, attorneys and law firms if this demanding work in the public interest is not not properly rewarded.”

Learn more about our criminal legal aid campaign