Media statements

Here are links to a collection of the press statements and media releases the Bar Council published during Justice Week


Justice Week survey

An omnibus survey published at the start of Justice Week revealed that 78 per cent of people agree that justice is as important as health and education and that 76 per cent think people on low incomes should have access to free legal advice.

Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said: "There is now a gulf between what people expect from our justice system, and what they are getting.  

"We do not leave the ill to treat themselves without expert medical help, so nor should we expect people to deal with legal problems and disputes without expert legal help if they cannot afford it."

Justice Week survey


Budget reaction - Bar Chair invites Chancellor to step outside the bubble

In response to news that the Ministry of Justice budget is to be cut by a further £300million, Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to spend a day with the Bar and see some of the burning injustices for himself.

He said: "We invite the Chancellor to leave the Westminster bubble and experience the real world in our courts and advice centres, to see what a lack of investment in our once renowned justice system looks like to those involved and to the ordinary people struggling to pursue their rights and to address their own burning injustices."

Budget statement


Bar Council research casts doubt on austerity as a reason for justice cuts

Research commissioned by the Bar Council for Justice Week revealed that justice funding was slashed by 27 per cent in real terms over the last 10 years as public spending actually grew by 13 per cent. Meanwhile, spending on criminal prosecutions fell by 34 per cent.

Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said: "The Government is gambling with public safety and the rights of individuals, so it can scrimp on what is already a relatively tiny budget. As disclosure and prosecution failings showed this year, such cuts carry enormous risks."

Professor Chalkley research