Striking barristers to meet new Justice Secretary

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The barrister is meeting the Justice Secretary for the first time since going on strike.

Criminal Bar Association (CBA) member Brandon Lewis, who had been appointed to the role on Tuesday afternoon, two weeks ago, was due to sit down.

His predecessor Dominic Raab had previously refused to meet with the organization during the crackdown.

The meeting was earlier scheduled to take place last week, but was delayed after the death of the Queen. While all planned demonstrations were also postponed, an all-out strike continues during the period of national mourning.

Barristers on strike are due to meet with the Secretary of Justice on Tuesday (Stephen Russo/PA)

Barristers in England and Wales have been participating in frequent walk-outs after a dispute over government salaries intensified.

CBA President Kirsty Brimello told lawmakers earlier this month that the group is “absolutely ready to negotiate” and has been there throughout the year, but “there is no option (to take action) because we have had absolutely no talks”. Is”.

Mr Raab was succeeded by Mr Lewis after a high-profile casualty of the cabinet reshuffle of incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss.

He had not met with the CBA since members began industrial action in April, but Ms Brimello said meetings had been requested “repeatedly”. Some happened with junior ministers and officials of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The action was an “obstructed trial” and the victims of the crime are “most victims”, Ms Brimello said, adding that she had warned the defendants that they would be released on bail “rapidly” when their custody expired.

Criminal barristers are due to receive a 15% fee hike from the end of September, meaning they will earn £7,000 more per year.

But there is anger that the proposed wage hike will not be made effective immediately and will only apply to new cases and not those that are already sitting in the backlog and waiting to be disposed of by the courts.

Further demonstrations are planned for Thursday outside the courts in Liverpool and London, as well as by Parliament.

It is understood CBA members will meet on Tuesday evening to decide whether to hold further demonstrations in other regions, including the Midlands, subject to the outcome of the meeting with Mr Lewis.

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