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Judge halts trial in 'landmark ruling' amid legal aid row

A judge has halted a fraud trial claiming the government's changes to the way barristers are paid is undermining the legal system.

Barristers had refused to take on the case because their fees for such long and complex trials have been cut by 30%.

Judge Anthony Leonard said there was no realistic prospect of the defendants getting a fair trial.

Tom Symonds reports.

  • 01 May 2014
  • From the section UK
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