Hundreds of lawyers demonstrated outside parliament on Monday against attacks on legal aid and access to justice.
They warned that ministers’ threats to cut funding fro legal aid will restrict the ability of poorer people to go to court.
Roger Peach, president of the Criminal Defence Solicitors Union, said he had never seen such anger among his colleagues across the country.
“This has been like a volcano where the anger of defence solicitors has been bubbling away and there is massive well of resentment.
“Everyone agrees that the criminal defence system is in a fragile state,” he said.
The PCS union also warned of “a crisis affecting the funding of courts”.
“Voices from all sides in the justice system are calling for the government to act to prevent the system disintegrating,” said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.