Top judge warns barristers they could face action if they go on strike

‘Misconductthreat to militant barristers as top judge warns they could face action if they go on strike

  • Barristers could face disciplinary action if they go on strike and miss court dates
  • Criminal Bar Association voted for four weeks of industrial action over their pay
  • This could derail trials and see picket lines outside Britain’s major courts
  • Barristers could face disciplinary action if they go on strike when they are meant to be in court, the country’s top judge has warned.

    The Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon said it ‘may amount to professional misconductif lawyers fail to turn up to scheduled hearings despite previously agreeing to represent a defendant.

    His comments came after members of the Criminal Bar Association voted for four weeks of industrial action over their pay.

    The walkouts will probably derail trials and could see picket lines outside major courts such as the Old Bailey.

    Barristers could face disciplinary action if they go on strike when they are meant to be in court, the country's top judge has warned

    Barristers could face disciplinary action if they go on strike when they are meant to be in court, the country’s top judge has warned

    Lord Burnett said: ‘Cases in which there is non-attendance should be referred to the Senior Presiding Judge’s Office to consider whether to involve [很难不同意约翰逊先生至少在三项罪名中的一项有罪] the Bar Standards Board.

    ‘The question whether a failure to attend amounts to professional misconduct will then be a matter for [一种] disciplinary process.

    He told judges to ask defendants if they have agreed to their barrister missing the hearing and went on: ‘It will be a matter for the CPS in each case to decide whether to make an application for wasted costs.

    ‘A failure to attend at court, having accepted instructions, may amount to professional misconduct.

    The Criminal Bar Association voted for four weeks of industrial action over their pay. The walkouts will probably derail trials and could see picket lines outside major courts (inner London court pictured)

    The Criminal Bar Association voted for four weeks of industrial action over their pay. The walkouts will probably derail trials and could see picket lines outside major courts (inner London court pictured)

    He said that the Senior Presiding Judge’s office should be told of all cases where a barrister failed to turn up, so they can decided whether to inform the Bar Standards Board watchdog.

    A spokesman for the Judiciary added last night: ‘The Lord Chief Justice has issued a statement reminding judges that the judiciary is not a party to the dispute between the Criminal Bar Association and the Government.

    ‘The judiciary will not enter into the substance of the dispute.