The Daily Telegraph

Barristers seek fee rise for pre-trial rape videos


Barristers are demanding extra cash to pay for the inclusion of videos in rape trials, or risk further court delays if they refuse to take on cases.

The lawyers want more money to cover time spent on preparing cases where victims give pre-trial evidence on video to avoid going to court.

The Criminal Bar Associatio­n (CBA) claimed the fee for a three-day rape trial of £2,960 fails to take account of 100-plus hours of preparator­y work.

It is one key demand put to Brandon Lewis, the new Justice Secretary, who met CBA leaders yesterday. Barristers also want the Government’s 15 per cent pay offer to be backdated to cover the backlog of cases during the pandemic.

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