Bar Council respond to the Queen's Speech

Posted On: 
19th December 2019

Chair of the Bar Council, Richard Atkins QC responded to the Government's new legislative agenda. 

Responding to the Government’s plans set out in today’s Queen’s speech, including a commitment to a “fair justice system that keeps people safe”, Chair of the Bar Council, Richard Atkins QC, said:

“The Bar Council is obviously supportive of anything which delivers a fairer system of justice. This however comes at a price. For too long justice has been ignored and its budget cut. If the broken justice system is to be repaired it will need significant investment. The Bar Council will of course engage with any Royal Commission on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice process, but will be watching closely to ensure that this is not simply a way of booting what urgently needs doing into the long grass.”