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Pro bono work and social justice
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2.4 The impact on trials

In 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision to halt a fraud trial because of the lack of publicly funded representation (R v Crawley [2014] EWCA Crim 1028). The case highlights the impact of the reduction of fees in criminal cases.

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Figure 3 Marching barristers

Activity 4 Representation for all

Timing: You should allow yourself 20 minutes to do this activity.
  • a.Read the article ‘Court of Appeal overturns move to halt fraud trial’ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Casciani, 2014)
  • b.Using the same link, watch the clip of Sir Brian Leveson delivering his judgment of the case which accompanies the article.
  • c.This is an opportunity to practise your persuasive writing skills. Imagine you work for a community group; for example, 38 Degrees. Draft an email to be sent out to their supporters which asks them to sign an online petition to prevent further cuts to barristers’ fees.


Here is an example.

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Figure 4 Example petition