Joint statement by the Bar Council, the Criminal Bar Association, the Circuit Leaders and the Ministry of Justice on VHCC advocacy
Arrangements have been put in place, under which self-employed barristers have been instructed to represent defendants in a number of Very High Cost Cases (VHCC).
Given that normal working relationships have been restored, the government has confirmed that there is no need to expand the Public Defender Service further.
The Bar Council, together with the Criminal Bar Association and the Circuit Leaders, have agreed with the government to resume discussions as soon as possible on an alternative to the VHCC scheme and on the long term future of criminal advocacy, including the review of the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme.
Clarkson Hirst Solicitors have a contract to undertake VHCC cases contact our head of criminal defence Duncan Nightingale on 0800 919 231 if you require legal assistance.
Updated: Monday, 7 July 2014