Courts close across England and Wales as lawyers protest at legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian

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Crown and magistrates courts across England and Wales were emptied of lawyers on Monday morning as criminal barristers and solicitors walked out in protest over government plans to cut legal aid.

The unprecedented action led to all but one of the 18 courts at the Old Baileyin central London being deserted or locked as hearings were postponed or cancelled.

Barristers, in their wigs and gowns, and solicitors waved placards opposing the cuts as they gathered outside the entrances to courts in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Preston, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

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