Barristers practicing criminal law in the UK have voted to strike “indefinitely” in a ballot action, the Criminal Bar Association announced Monday. The walkout will start on Monday, September 5, meaning virtually all criminal court cases in England and Wales will be unable to proceed.
The result of the CBA ballot were as follows:
Option 1 (Cessation of all action) – 207 votes (9.11%)
Option 2A (Continuation of current action) – 258 votes (11.35%)
Option 2B (Escalation of action) – 1808 votes (79.54%)
Members of the association have publicly expressed concerns about working conditions and the state of legal aid, as well as pay.
Previous strike action by the CBA had been rotating and partial.