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Law Society warns on ‘fundamentally flawed’ court hours pilot

A pilot to extend the opening hours for courts could heap more pressure on fragile criminal legal aid services, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned. HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has decided to establish ‘local implementation groups’ to explore the feasibility of extending court operating hours through earlier starts and later finishes. However, the Law Society says that under the new plan ‘solicitors would be expected to attend court during unsocial hours for no uplift in pay’.

See http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/flexible-court-hours-pilots-fundamentally-flawed/ for further details.

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