Solicitors demand legal aid fees increase

Solicitors are demanding a ‘‘substantial increase’��� in legal fees paid by the government for representing defendants in criminal cases under the criminal legal aid scheme.

15th September, 2007

Solicitors are demanding a ‘‘substantial increase’’ in legal fees paid by the government for representing defendants in criminal cases under the criminal legal aid scheme.

Internal Department of Justice documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the department is in negotiations with the Law Society, which represents and regulates the solicitors’ profession, over the claims.

The Department of Justice confirmed that discussions were ongoing, but refused to comment...

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