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Criminal barristers in England and Wales are threatening to walk out of trials or refuse new work over a pay row with the Crown Prosecution Service. The Criminal Bar Association says rates for prosecution work have not risen in 20 years and barristers can receive as little as £46.50 for a day's work. In a CBA survey, 95% of barristers said they would strike to change the rates. The CPS said it was in the process of reviewing barrister fees to make them "fair, affordable and sustainable". The government announced extra funding for criminal defence barristers' trial fees last year after they went on strike in protest at a new system for determining their legal aid payments. But the CBA has ... Full story

23 April