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Solicitors to stage Parliament protest for legal aid

The Scottish Solicitors Bar Association is to hold a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on Monday, December 6th, in support of its campaign for a "significant and meaningful increase" in legal aid funding. On the same day – the St Andrews Day public holiday – a number of local faculties, including Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen, will boycott the Monday custody court. The SSBA is continuing to highlight that the fixed fee for summary criminal cases – "the core of our workload" – was set in 1999 and is now worth significantly less in real terms than it was then; and that the criminal defence bar is unable to compete with the salaries offered by other public bodies, in particular the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service, leading to younger members continuing to leave criminal defence work in significant numbers.

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