The barristers’ Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began action on Monday of this week against Legal Aid cuts.
Barristers are not covering “returns”, when they stand in for colleagues whose cases take longer than expected.
Francis FitzGibbon QC of the CBA told BBC Radio, “The sector is being cut to the bone and there’s no fat left on it.”
Their action was in support of solicitors who were refusing to take on new legal aid work after 1 July.
But solicitors decided last week to limit their action to crown courts. The CBA was set to meet on Monday night to decide on its next steps