Lawyers squeal over market-place squeeze

Hard-working crime lawyers have been called on to strike on Monday in retaliation to a banning of a legally-aided person's ability to pick their preferred lawyer.By the end of the year the Legal Services Agency (LSA), which administers the near $130 million annual legal aid bill, will allow a legally-aided person who does not agree to use the Public Defence Service to get a lawyer only on a strict rotation basis.In other words it's the first cab off the rank, regardless of the ability of the lawyer or if the accused person wants that lawyer or not.

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