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Third strike for legal workers


Lawyers in Scotland struck on Monday of this week against planned cuts to legal aid. The action hit courts in Falkirk, Aberdeen, Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Alloa.

It was lawyers’ third day of action against the cuts. Solicitors struck on Tuesday of last week at custody courts in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley. This caused a backlog of work that meant Glasgow’s custody court sat until 9.42pm.

The planned cuts would force people with a disposable income of more than £68 a week to contribute to their legal costs. They would also change the definition of disposable income. Fewer people would qualify for full legal aid.

Lawyers say people would be expected to contribute who can’t afford to do so. The Law Society of Scotland was set to meet Scotland’s justice secretary Kenny MacAskill this week to discuss the dispute.


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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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